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Boy and Bicycle (1965)


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A teenage boy wakes up in his bedroom in a north-eastern seaside town. He begins to think about the day ahead and about aspects of his life. He leaves his house, and cycles through town on his way to school. When he arrives at the school, he circles on his bicycle before deciding to play truant instead.

The boy cycles down by the town's docks and has a cigarette underneath a pier. When someone approaches he leaves, cycling through town again until he arrives at a shop, where he looks through the window at the sweets on display. The boy does impressions of his teachers in his mind.

Cycling around an empty fairground, the boy is chased by a barking dog. He flees to a deserted beach, where he lies on the sand, relaxing. After a time the boy walks across a muddy estuary and enters an abandoned house.

In the house he looks around and sees a picture that resembles his mother, prompting thoughts about his family.

Suddenly the sight of an eerie looking doll shocks the boy and he runs out of the house, only to be confronted by a possibly blind old man. The boy flees the man, and then walks on the beach with his bicycle, disappearing into the distance.