The Kid

The Kid ★★★★

The Criterion Challenge 2021 #31 | Directed by Charlie Chaplin

“A picture with a smile – and perhaps, a tear”; that is no lie. Over the course of less than an hour, The Kid takes us on a rollercoaster of smiles and tears, breaking the heart and putting the pieces back together with affection. We see one of the most heartwarming portraits in all of cinema: Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp caring for a kid brought in his life by chance. There’s so much love between the two that they can take on the whole world. Their shabby street is their stage, and they perform their way into our hearts as they try to keep each other safe from those who try to tear them apart. What we witness is emotion in its purest form, so human that it’s overwhelming, but so beautiful that we simply can’t look away. Without surplus, The Kid captures the essence of being human, showing that love is enough, to create and to survive.

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