The Memory Thief (2007)

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Gil Kofman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 26, 2009
Runtime:
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Cast


as Mr. Zweig

as Zvi Birnbaum

as Mr. Freeman

as Dominic

as Amanda's Father

as Mother

as Hospital Patient--Ma...

as Pound Manager

as Mr. De Silva

as Nazi #1--Dwayne

as Lotto Store Clerk

as Joanna Kaufman

as Tom--Interviewer

as Judaica Store Clerk

as Soundman

as Paranoid Survivor

as Woman Survivor

as Zvi's Wife

as Survivor

as Survivor

as Survivor

as Survivor

as Survivor
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Critic Reviews for The Memory Thief

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

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.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Director Gil Kofman's attempt is noble in trying to show this descent into madness, but something rings false.

Full Review… | May 9, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 7, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 7, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Tragedy and closure, memory and truth are the subjects of writer/director Gil Kofman's first narrative feature.

Full Review… | March 20, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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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.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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