This film told the story of a man(Antoine) struggling to support his family. He obtains a job and the only requirement is that he has his own bike. After obtaining the bike he goes to work for his first day. Soon enough, his bike is stolen from him and his life comes crashing down. He builds a search party and they desperately try to find the bike. Without his bike, they will surely starve. After coming up empty handed, Antoine and his son are devastated. In one final attempt, Antoine steals another man’s bike, but is quickly caught. Only to be released because they don’t want his son to be fatherless.
I think this story tells a lot about human nature and greed. Antoine was a kind man who only wanted to help his family and his life was turned upside down because some thief wanted to make a couple of bucks. The bike was worth 100x more to Antoine than to the thief. And to cap it off, Antoine attempts to steal another man’s bike at the end of the film. If that doesn’t show a critique of human nature then I don’t know what will. Antoine just lived how awful and life changing getting his bike stolen was, yet he was willing to do that to another man. He just wanted to pass his problem off to the next guy and didn’t think about the next guy at all. I think that’s very true for people in the world.