The Thief (Vor) (Вор) Reviews
Simple, but uninteresting. 1/10.
(1997) The Thief
(In Russian with English subtitles)
A young precautious young boy, Sanya narrates his life while living in a part of war torn Russia involving his husbandless mother, Katya (Ekaterina Rednikova) hooking up with a thief Tolyan(Vladimir Mashkov) while in a train. As a result of falling for him, she tries to manipulate her son he is the father he never had. The more she falls for him, the more her son idolizes him for who is, even though he's a rotten person who exploits peoples generosity by stealing from them. Semantically, professional film critic Roger Ebert sees the corralization between the young boy and Stalin, others such as myself sees this as another repressive Russian film in terms of it's impact after Stalin's war. The film was nominated for an Oscar for 'Best Foreign film"!
3 out of 4 stars
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.
Thought the little boy's part was cute and funny! He's so young, he's still learning, yet confused what's going on. He and his mother rides on a train and his mother meets this "soldier" but finds out he's actually a con artist, a thief. Sad movie, but I liked the story a lot!