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The Memory Thief (2007)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

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For Lukas (Mark Webber), an ambitionless, socially isolated tollbooth worker, each day is indistinguishable from the next -- filled, from the onset of work until the end of shift, with thousands of cars that slide through his station. Day in and day out, he must contend with the monotony of the work, the rage of the drivers, and the nauseating stench of exhaust. Lukas' life turns an odd corner when a bigoted driver haphazardly tosses a copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf into his booth in lieu of a


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

May 26, 2009

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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.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Director Gil Kofman's attempt is noble in trying to show this descent into madness, but something rings false.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Tragedy and closure, memory and truth are the subjects of writer/director Gil Kofman's first narrative feature.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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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.

December 7, 2008 Full Review Source:

The film deserves qualified praise.

May 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Another case study delving into the hubris and insult of trying too hard to feel someone else's pain.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

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.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A Holocaust movie with quite an original twist--about a tollbooth collector who imagines himself to be a survivor of Nazi horrors.

March 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Compuserve

The ambitious Memory is about coming to grips with the past (or not) and the ownership of memory.

April 19, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for The Memory Thief

A curious piece wherein a aimless young man without much of a life finds himself by strangely identifying with Holocaust survivors ... their lives were taken from them, you see. What begins as a fancy, a whim, soon becomes an obsession, and the youngster slips into a kind of madness. My guess is that there is some sort of commentary here about the rootlessness of modern times. It certainly has moments that simultaneously ring true and are disconcerting.
April 25, 2012

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