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Le Petit Voleur (The Little Thief) (1999)

Le Petit Voleur (The Little Thief)

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In this French drama, a teenager falls into a life of crime, little realizing the consequences. S. (Nicolas Duvauchelle) is a moody young man who loses his job at a bakery, and decides to throw in his lot with a group of thieves about the same age as himself. S. and his cronies are strictly small-timers, pulling off second-rate break-ins for an older crime boss, but his willingness to do what he's told helps him rise up the ladder to bigger and more lucrative jobs. However, S. lacks the maturity or experience to deal with the risks, and after a few disastrous mistakes, he finds his fortunes sinking far faster than they rose. Directed and co-written by Erick Zonca, Le Petit Voleur/The Little Thief was originally produced for French television and is not to be confused with Claude Miller's La Petite Voleuse, which was based on an unproduced screenplay by François Truffaut. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
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Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Full Review… | September 12, 1999
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | April 20, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | April 20, 2001
Village Voice
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Full Review… | April 20, 2001
New York Times
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Beyond its feral glances, whipping pace, and unlikeable but hypnotically watchable anti-hero (much like the Dardennes' protagonists), The Little Thief's greatest ingenuity is its view of crime as hard work.

Full Review… | December 27, 2013
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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