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A thief gains an unlikely fan in a security specialist in this independent comedy. Emily (Meredith Bishop) is a young woman who isn't sure what she wants to do with her life; while she has fuzzy goals of becoming an artist, she's most concerned with convincing her mother (Leigh Taylor-Young) and her analyst (Michael Nouri) that everything is just fine. But Emily has discovered a way to take her mind off of her anxieties -- shoplifting. She steals for enjoyment rather than necessity, and her graceful work at a department store has earned her the admiration of Nick (Jsu Garcia), head of the store's security team. Nick is sick of his job and wants to start his own business; however, a seemingly foolproof get-rich-quick scheme has backfired, leaving him deep in debt to a Russian gangster (Henry Czerny). Rather than have Emily arrested, Nick persuades her to go out with him, and as a tentative relationship grows between the two, they decide to team up for a raid on the store after Nick is fired from his job. Klepto was the first feature film from director and screenwriter Thomas Trail.

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Michael Nouri
as Dr. Cohn
Michael E. Rodgers
as Sandy Hauser
Mark Chaet
as Pharmacist
Hannah Castelluccio
as Female Voice
Teala Davies
as Shoplifter
Jeff Garvin
as Jimmy the Store Clerk
Al Israel
as Watch Salesman
Igor Jijikine
as Thug No. 1
Grace Korkunis
as Young Emily
Tori Meyer
as Gretchen
Roman Nichols
as Thug No. 2
Scott Satenspiel
as Jason Klaritch
Kansas Skye
as Nick's Daughter
Teressa Tunney
as Nick's Ex-Wife
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  • Dec 15, 2010
    This was a low-budget effort, but it sort of works. I'm not sure that you really are made to feel sorry for the lead, but maybe that's not the intent. Nice, not so predictable ending.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2009
    <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/klepto-12153886"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/15/38/12153886_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/klepto-12153899"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/15/38/12153899_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/klepto-12153888"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/15/38/12153888_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/klepto-12153895"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/15/38/12153895_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/klepto-12153893"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/15/38/12153893_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/klepto-12153892"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/15/38/12153892_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/klepto-12153904"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/15/39/12153904_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Klepto</I></a> </div></div> <I>Klepto</I> (2003) Written by Ethan Gross and Thomas Trail. Directed by Thomas Trail. Production Design: Shelby Wood With Meredith Bishop, Jsu Garcia, Leigh Taylor-Young, and Michael Nouri. A mentally unstable kleptomaniac is blackmailed into a get rich quick scheme by an unscrupulous department store security specialist in this arty thriller. Magnolia Pictures is a production company which finances, produces and distributes unusual independent films. Magnolia appears to have taken the clever strategy of marketing home theater equipment which provided the company with a substantial enough capital base to fund their cinematic projects. Now that their home entertainment products are in place in consumers' homes, they provide the entertainment to play on them, usually in the form of direct to DVD releases. Nearly all of their offerings are noteworthy in some way and <I>Klepto</I> is no exception. In <I>Klepto</I>, Meredith Bishop plays Emily, an attractive but troubled, medication-addicted young woman. She fills the void left by the unexplained disappearance of her father by shoplifting a variety of items. Her favorites are Swiss timepieces which remind her of her father's. Leigh-Taylor Young (<I>I Love You Alice B. Toklas!, Soylent Green</I>) plays her shallow, compulsively shopping, absentee mother. Emily is observed by a security specialist named Nick (Garcia) in the act of shoplifting. Nick is in dire financial straits and ensnares her into a desperate scheme to achieve financial independence. Unfortunately, Nick, while resourceful, is a chronic foul-up and his machinations become increasingly convoluted as each stage of his plan meets with devastating failure. Emily meanwhile, is struggling with multiple medication addictions, pathological kleptomania, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and surprise, complicating visits from her naive mother. She is motivated to assist Nick in order to avoid being exposed as a thief, but also as part of an offer Nick makes to help her locate her father. Nick, unaware of the severity of Emily's condition, drags her into his disintegrating life further complicating hers with disastrous results. The timing of the movie is precisely executed as its well paced, original plot cascades toward certain but indeterminate calamity. A strong visual emphasis is presented of the coveting of expensive luxury commodities, a plethora of multicolored medications and a lot of surreal, CCTV imagery. The cinematography is artfully executed. It is crisp and concise. The shots are very creative. There is an impressive, lengthy, continuous Steadiicam shot of Emily strolling through a parking lot, into a department store, up an escalator and through store aisles near the climax of the film. Despite drastic changes in lighting intensity and many obstacles, the exposure of this shot is perfect and the camera work is impeccably smooth. The shot faces Emily, as if the observer is walking ahead of her facing backwards. This causes one to experience her stressful endeavor from her point of view. However, because one cannot see where she is going, only where she has been, the camera technique in this pivotal scene magnifies her tension and the suspense of the moment. This is a well acted, tight, concise little gem of a film that will appeal to anyone with a desire for a movie with a different feel from more conventional and commercial entires in the crime thriller genre. <I>"A nifty little character study-cum-caper flick ... Performances are strong down the line ... a well thought out visual aesthetic." </I> Dennis Harvey, <I>Daily Variety</I>. <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11057986"><img src="http://i2.ytimg.com/vi/uw074texEnY/default.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Klepto</I> </a> - CLICK to play Trailer</div>
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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