The Thief (Vor) (Вор) (1997)

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Sanya was born amidst the cold and muck of an empty field. At age six, he and his mother Katya boarded a train and encountered Tolyan, a handsome army officer who wasted no time in becoming Katya's lover. At first Sanya resents Tolyan, but then comes to love him like a father. Tolyan teaches the boy all about manliness and other important things, and their family is happy until the day that mother and son learn that Tolyan is not a soldier but a thief. Still their love for him remains strong and they stay together until he is arrested and sent to Siberia on a seven-year prison sentence.
Rating:
R (For some sexuality, nudity and language)
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Studio:
Stratosphere Entertainment

Cast

Amalija Mordvinova
as Doctor's Wife
Dima Shigarev
as Sanya, 12 Years Old
Yuri Belyaev
as Sanya, 48 Years Old
Lidiya Savchenko
as Baby Sanya
Ania Shtukaturova
as Gammy Girl
Olga Pashkova
as Actress
Anatoliy Koscheev
as Bootmaker
Viktor Bunakov
as Engineer
Natalya Pozdnyakova
as Accountant's Wife
Yevgeni Popov
as Vagrant
Yulia Artamonova
as Engineer's Wife
Galina Petrova
as Varvara
Yervant Arzumanian
as Accountant
Natalia Pozdniakova
as Accountant's Wife
Olga Peshkova
as Actress
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Critic Reviews for The Thief (Vor) (Вор)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8)

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Full Review… | April 26, 2007
New York Observer
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's a superb film in the classic style of screen storytelling, at once intimate and epic, possessed of lyrical beauty and suffused with that mixture of warmth, suffering and rueful humor so characteristic of Russian films.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

...compelling, great-looking...

December 31, 1999
Film.com
Top Critic

It is clear fairly early in The Thief that the title character represents Stalin, and it's one of the strengths of the film that the symbolism never gets in the way of a convincing, heartbreaking story.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Thief (Vor) (Вор)

11 September, 2014 Simple, but uninteresting. 1/10.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

This movie reminds me so much of Zvyagintsev's The Return. They both emphasize conflict with the father figure and the pressures of becoming a man.

Jasmine Bowen
Jasmine Bowen
½

I beautifully told story of a boy growing up in Stalin era Russia. Beautifully filmed and at times really touching, with a pretty amazing cast. While the early years of Sanya's life (which thankfully is the bulk of the film) are really moving and wonderfully acted by the young Misha Philipchuk, the last twenty minutes are a bit of a let down as the actors playing "teenage" Sanya "mature" Sanya just werent as good or engaging. Which sadly took a lot of the emotional "wind" from the sails of this story. But all in all a good solid film.

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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