King of Thieves (König der Diebe) Reviews
Although 'Koenig der Diebe' is entirely fictional, writer-director Ivan Fila composed it out of a very wide array of real life accounts. Caruso's gang of young thieves for example is based on the children's gangs in Naples, Italy (not on Dickens's Oliver Twist), which were also brilliantly portrayed in the Italian movie 'Certi Bambini'.
Although it is hard to believe that practices like this still exist in modern day Europe, one can only say that things never change. Only the young thieves now have cell phones and Gameboys and are dressed in Fila and Nike.
Also note the stunning performance by the young cast and especialliy ten year-old Yasha Kultiasov, who carries the whole movie on his shoulders like a pro.
i think it's much like Kusturica's Time of the Gypsies
king of thieves is a modern retelling of the dickens story 'oliver twist'. whilst staying true to the idea of poverty and the abuses of children in the underworld, king of thieves uses the opportunity to reveal the darker side of germany, in particular the child slave trade. it is a bit of a tear jerker, but the lead boy is brilliant.