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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 fare; curious, Lukas retrieves the book and begins to comb through it, which catches the eye of yet another driver, this one a Holocaust survivor. Mistakenly inferring that the boy is a neo-Nazi, the gentleman passes Lukas a videocassette of his testimony about the Holocaust, produced by an organization that specializes in creating such films. Lukas not only takes this as a cue and seeks out the said organization to learn more about it, but (devoid of memories from his own past) begins to acquire a persistent delusion that he himself is both Jewish and a Holocaust survivor; in time, he becomes deeply emotionally involved and smitten with Mira Zweig (Rachel Miner), the attractive daughter of an actual survivor (Jerry Adler).

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Cast

Jerry Adler
as Mr. Zweig
Allan Rich
as Zvi Birnbaum
Peter Jacobson
as Mr. Freeman
Carlos Gomez
as Amanda's Father
Mary Pat Gleason
as Hospital Patient--Mary
Brent David Fraser
as Pound Manager
Chris Ellis
as Mr. De Silva
Josh Wheeler
as Nazi #1--Dwayne
Kevin Breznahan
as Lotto Store Clerk
Bess Meisler
as Joanna Kaufman
Mitch Whitfield
as Tom--Interviewer
Richard Rhiele
as Judaica Store Clerk
Blaine Pate
as Soundman
Richard Stobie
as Paranoid Survivor
Jennie Ventriss
as Woman Survivor
June Claman
as Zvi's Wife
Herta Amir
as Survivor
Lidia Budugor
as Survivor
Fred Diament
as Survivor
Sara Lumer
as Survivor
Sam Steinberg
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.

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
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Memory Thief

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.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Just as protagonist/anti-hero Mark Webber fails to unearth a deeper meaning behind the Holocaust, so too does "Memory Thief" fail to place any meaning behind Webber's bizarre collapse into insanity.

Ben Gifford
Ben Gifford

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