The Thief (Vor) (Вор) (1997)
as Doctor's Wife
as Sanya, 12 Years Old
as Sanya, 48 Years Old
as Baby Sanya
as Gammy Girl
as Accountant's Wife
as Engineer's Wife
Critic Reviews for The Thief (Vor) (Вор)
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.
The Thief is a beautiful movie about terrible things that happen to a widow and her young son.
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.
[A] pleasant romantic drama.
Audience Reviews for The Thief (Vor) (Вор)
11 September, 2014 Simple, but uninteresting. 1/10.
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.
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.
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