The Memory Thief (2007)
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as Mr. Zweig
as Zvi Birnbaum
as Mr. Freeman
as Amanda's Father
as Hospital Patient--Mary
as Pound Manager
as Mr. De Silva
as Nazi #1--Dwayne
as Lotto Store Clerk
as Joanna Kaufman
as Judaica Store Clerk
as Paranoid Survivor
as Woman Survivor
as Zvi's Wife
Critic Reviews for The Memory Thief
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.
Director Gil Kofman's attempt is noble in trying to show this descent into madness, but something rings false.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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