A thoughtful, creative, and disturbing way to treat the numbness of Holocaust and genocide fatigue, through striking images of a man's bizarre transformation and obsession.
| Original Score: 8/10
There are intriguing issues swirling around the film, but [director] Kofman never brings it to a boil, never finds the deeper, truer meaning inside the ideas he is grappling with.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The film deserves qualified praise.
Director Gil Kofman's attempt is noble in trying to show this descent into madness, but something rings false.
| Original Score: 2/4
While the film tends to talk over itself in its attempt to say all it needs to say on the subject, his film's uncompromisingly bleak vision is a bracing alternative.
| Original Score: 3/4
In The Memory Thief, a strange and melancholy journey to the heart of madness, a rootless young man finds meaning in the horrors of a stolen past.
| Original Score: 4/5
Another case study delving into the hubris and insult of trying too hard to feel someone else's pain.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The film is (perhaps deliberately) as unbalanced as its protagonist, one whose fury ultimately seems directed either nowhere in particular or in too many directions at once -- until things eventually devolve into a Taxi Driver riff.
Kofman includes real-life Holocaust survivors in his cast, a bold and unsettling stroke in a fictional story that's more challenging than most documentaries about the subject.
The Memory Thief, the first narrative feature by Gil Kofman, grants intimate entrance into a needy person's life -- a life bent around the facts of the darkest hours of the 20th century.
Tragedy and closure, memory and truth are the subjects of writer/director Gil Kofman's first narrative feature.
A Holocaust movie with quite an original twist--about a tollbooth collector who imagines himself to be a survivor of Nazi horrors.
| Original Score: B-
The deeply felt performances from [Mark] Webber and Jerry Adler overwhelm the film about a young man whose way of connecting to others is to mirror them.
The ambitious Memory is about coming to grips with the past (or not) and the ownership of memory.