The Thief (Vor) (Вор) Reviews
September 11, 2014
11 September, 2014
Simple, but uninteresting. 1/10.
March 18, 2011
I beautifully told story of a boy growing up in Stalin era Russia.
Beautifully filmed and at times really touching, with a pretty amazing cast.
While the early years of Sanya's life (which thankfully is the bulk of the film) are really moving and wonderfully acted by the young Misha Philipchuk, the last twenty minutes are a bit of a let down as the actors playing "teenage" Sanya "mature" Sanya just werent as good or engaging. Which sadly took a lot of the emotional "wind" from the sails of this story.
But all in all a good solid film.
April 8, 2009
Vor, The Thief was an example of excellent Russian drama. It was great done with excellent scenes, cinematography, and acting,.It showed an inside view of life in Russia during the Stalin regime, where people were forced to live in bad circumstances and struggle to survive. A single mother with a young son became involved with a man they met on a train, and they believed he was a soldier, but he turned out to be a thief preying on people. The story was narrated by the little boy, who saw him as a father figure and loved him but then felt betrayed by his actions. This was an emotional movie, with no stereotypes characters but real human feelings who draw you into their fear and pain. It was an unforgettable movie.
February 19, 2013
A fine film with an excellent storyline and outstanding acting. The story is not one a Hollywood production company would be likely to have any interest in filming. But it is a quite touching story of love and the ambiguities of love and family.
May 31, 2013
This movie reminds me so much of Zvyagintsev's The Return. They both emphasize conflict with the father figure and the pressures of becoming a man.
April 21, 2012
Unforgettable, heartbreaking, brilliant, perfect movie.
March 19, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
(1997) The Thief
(In Russian with English subtitles)
A young precautious young boy, Sanya narrates his life while living in a part of war torn Russia involving his husbandless mother, Katya (Ekaterina Rednikova) hooking up with a thief Tolyan(Vladimir Mashkov) while in a train. As a result of falling for him, she tries to manipulate her son he is the father he never had. The more she falls for him, the more her son idolizes him for who is, even though he's a rotten person who exploits peoples generosity by stealing from them. Semantically, professional film critic Roger Ebert sees the corralization between the young boy and Stalin, others such as myself sees this as another repressive Russian film in terms of it's impact after Stalin's war. The film was nominated for an Oscar for 'Best Foreign film"!
3 out of 4 stars
March 5, 2011
Wonderful movie. Great actors.