• This is going to kill your mother: a young offender prepares to go down in Frederick Wiseman’s Juvenile Court

My headline for Ben Sachs’s long review this week was “Really Generic,” though I came to my senses at the last minute and used the one Sachs suggested. Mine was a good example of what they call “too clever by half” (maybe even two-thirds), because the movies of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are anything but generic. On the other hand, the discarded headline does encapsulate Sachs’s novel thesis—that the Dardennes’ latest, The Kid With a Bike, incorporates all kinds of genre elements to enhance their otherwise scrupulously realistic story.