The Thief (Vor) (Вор) (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.
R (For some sexuality, nudity and language)
Art House & International , Drama
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Stratosphere Entertainment


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
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Critic Reviews for The Thief (Vor) (Вор)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8)

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 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

As dramatically compelling as it is heavily metaphorical...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

The Thief is a beautiful movie about terrible things that happen to a widow and her young son.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

...compelling, great-looking...

January 1, 2000
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… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[A] pleasant romantic drama.

January 1, 2000
The New Republic
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

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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