The Painter and the Thief

2020

The Painter and the Thief

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An artist befriends the thief who stole her paintings. She becomes his closest ally when he is severely hurt in a car crash and needs full time care, even if her paintings are not found. But then the tables turn.

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  • [A] nuanced and beguiling new documentary about the various things we all take from each other.

    January 27, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Clearly and powerfully connects the painter with her muse in an arresting and unusual way.

    January 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A documentary that looks at everyday humanity as a work of art.

    January 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • An engrossing Norwegian documentary born of the unlikely but resilient bond between a young female artist and a career criminal who stole two of her large canvases.

    January 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A stranger-than-fiction friendship story in which vérité techniques produce unbelievable results.

    January 24, 2020 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • The film builds as the double portrait that its title suggests, with Ree and his editorRobert Stengrd employing a flexible structure that sometimes shifts backwards in time so that our perspective is also being constantly challenged.

    February 13, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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