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Super Reviewer
½ September 11, 2014
11 September, 2014
Simple, but uninteresting. 1/10.
May 31, 2013
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.
February 19, 2013
A fine film with an excellent storyline and outstanding acting. The story is not one a Hollywood production company would be likely to have any interest in filming. But it is a quite touching story of love and the ambiguities of love and family.
April 22, 2012
Unforgettable, heartbreaking, brilliant, perfect movie.
March 30, 2012
Just didn't grab me.
½ March 19, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012

(1997) The Thief
(In Russian with English subtitles)
DRAMA

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"!

Low
3 out of 4 stars
RCCLBC
Super Reviewer
½ March 18, 2011
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.
March 5, 2011
Wonderful movie. Great actors.
Super Reviewer
November 11, 2010
nominated for best foreign film at the golden globes, oscars, and by NBR
½ August 27, 2010
(SPOILER!)

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!
August 14, 2010
Vor, The Thief was an example of excellent Russian drama. It was great done with excellent scenes, cinematography, and acting,.It showed an inside view of life in Russia during the Stalin regime, where people were forced to live in bad circumstances and struggle to survive. A single mother with a young son became involved with a man they met on a train, and they believed he was a soldier, but he turned out to be a thief preying on people. The story was narrated by the little boy, who saw him as a father figure and loved him but then felt betrayed by his actions. This was an emotional movie, with no stereotypes characters but real human feelings who draw you into their fear and pain. It was an unforgettable movie
mvieaddict
Super Reviewer
August 14, 2010
Vor, The Thief was an example of excellent Russian drama. It was great done with excellent scenes, cinematography, and acting,.It showed an inside view of life in Russia during the Stalin regime, where people were forced to live in bad circumstances and struggle to survive. A single mother with a young son became involved with a man they met on a train, and they believed he was a soldier, but he turned out to be a thief preying on people. The story was narrated by the little boy, who saw him as a father figure and loved him but then felt betrayed by his actions. This was an emotional movie, with no stereotypes characters but real human feelings who draw you into their fear and pain. It was an unforgettable movie.
May 30, 2010
I LOVE THIS MOVIE, AND I LOVE VLADIMIR MASHKOV. GOOD MOVIE. A LITTLE SAD I GUESS.
½ September 20, 2009
A gripping look at the warmth deprived nature of our world through the prism of a few specific lives. Be my soft spot for such films as it may, this one is chalk-full of genuinely piercing moments. Some of them carried solely on the small shoulders of a decidedly brilliant young actor.
June 25, 2009
if u've seen this boy then i'm sure u'll have this movie for a long long time....Young sasha was mind blowing....Superb Performance..................M gonna watch a lott many Russian movies now.........Ver touching and very emotional movie....Way to go Russia
March 16, 2009
you won't forget the boy's face after seeing this film. It's not only because the boy's very cute but it's also because of how he feel and react to the soldier Toljan
March 14, 2009
Sin dudas una de las mejores películas sobre la posguerra en esta ocasión en Rusia!!!!! un reparto maravilloso lleno de buenas actuaciones y una excelente dirección de arte la historia es sencillamente acojonante
½ February 9, 2009
Well-done Russian period piece! Set in WWII, a single-mother falls in love with a soldier who secretly makes a living by stealing from others. The film is depressing, but the film builds suspense. There's plenty of rich characterization and detail. The narrative is also focused on the boy which makes this film more intriguing.
February 6, 2009
One of the best films i have ever seen. All the three lead actors have given an excellent performance, especially the kid and the way the director has narrated this film is simply superb. If you're looking for a good drama in russian language watch this. Strongly recommended to everyone...
½ January 28, 2009
A decent story & narrative apart from a little bit slow & distant. Misha Philipchuk was excellent as the core character Sanya (the child); & so was Dmitri Chigaryov (as the adolescent Sanya) even though with less than 10 minutes screen time.
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