“Le gamin au vélo” or how sensitive childhood can be.

Le gamin au vélo (2011)

Le gamin au vélo or as the title is translated in English, The Kid with a Bike, is a dramatic, Belgian film written and directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne in 2011. The story focuses on a young boy, who after being abandoned in a state-run youth farm by his father tries to readjust his place in the world. The only thing connecting him with his estranged father is his bike which is also his means towards maturity. The actor, Thomas Doret, is very convincing in his role, making the viewer sympathise and empathise with his struggles. After all, he is just a boy on the edge of teenage years who has lost his only parent and at the same time, the male-model that would help him through the difficult passing from childhood to teenage years.

“Don’t get dissapointed if it doesn’t happen as you dream it”

The directors have beautifully captured this transition by showing how easily innocence can be lost when one is looking for a role-model. The focus is especially drawn upon the sensitivity that comes with childhood and the need for love and attention. Grown-ups may think sometimes that the child will forget something they did or said. The child desperate for love pretends not to understand what is going on, just to get the affection s/he needs. In their search for love children can easily become victims of some sort of love that actually depends not on sincere feelings but manipulation.

“I don’t dream”

Generally, I have seen better movies concerning this theme but I need to say that the feelings I had after watching the film were optimistic ones.I do recommend watching it, especially if you want to improve your French listening skills, as the dialogues are pretty clear. Another element I particularly enjoyed was photography, with beautiful shots combining the red piece of clothing the child wears in almost every scene (probably a sign of “rebellion”, as teenage years are usually associated with this notion, especially when it comes to young boys) with the surroundings.


It is actually one of the films that makes  you think of how lucky you are if you have a family that loves and supports you or what your role as a parent is/will be. But in the end, I think that the true essence is that everyone has opportunities and everyone can get out of tough situations, all s/he needs is some love and support.


Series: Black Mirror



Black Mirror is a Netflix series that I recently discovered and watched to the point where I got completely addicted to it. For those who have not seen it, I strongly recommend it, for those who have I hope you share my point of view.


So this series was something completely different and original for me. First of all I have to make clear that I usually find series without continuous plot boring, in order to actually become addicted to  series I have to feel  intrigued, but here we have the exception to my rule. Every episode of Black Mirror is a different story, set in the not-so-far future with completely different characters. The cast changes in every episode as well as the technology presented. It is essentially a series pinning the bad influence technology and new inventions can cause our lives if (and is a big IF) we are not careful.

What needs to be clear is that the series doesn’t portray technology as something necessarily wr

Reference to the third episode of the first season. Source:Pinterest

ong but it mostly, to my opinion, aims on showing how brainwashed/swallowed by technology people can be (or already are). If you look around you, everyone is staring into a screen and new developments in the field of technology come every day. It is a way of living and no one can deny that but still there are dangers and a lot of them actually.

I have realized that, upon taking a literature class concerning science fiction, the fear of the machine becoming more human and the human becoming more of a machine is real. Things writers used to imagine a few decades ago are our realities today and situations portrayed in the series can possibly be our reality tomorrow. The point might be to scare, I know for a fact that after almost every episode I would sit and think about how I would have reacted. It is a series working as food for thought on our overexposure to the digital world.

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Stills from various episodes.

There are only three seasons and the first one only has three episodes so I strongly recommend it and I promise you that after watching this you will probably get addicted to similar series and start thinking about how close the “distant” future is and what will our role be.


Little Dose of Poetry:May Theilgaard Watts’ “Vision”

Barber,Laura,ed.Penguin’s Poems For Love,p.20. London:Penguin,2010.Print.Penguin Classics.

While I was having breakfast today (actually it was just coffee and bread with jam) I thought about having read a poem which made me feel exactly as I did at that moment. It might seem weird but I think poetry lives inside us in the small everyday experiences.As a result I begun thinking which poem was that,that while reading it made me imagine eating strawberry marmalade and feeling happy,just enjoying a sunny morning within the glorious mess my kitchen is in.It was not hard to find that the poem I was thinking about is May Theilgaard Watts’ Vision and after reading it again I was able to see once more everything that the poem refers to,happening all around me and feel as if..

“My love kissed my eyes last night.”

May Theilgaard Watts

Enjoy your day 🙂

To-day there have been lovely things I never saw before; Sunlight through a jar of marmalade…