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Eléonore is a pickpocket, a con artist and a thief. She ll pilfer your purse, your car, a handful of grapes or a litter of kittens. She robs out of need, curiosity or maybe just for the hell of it. From the hipster bars of the Lower East Side to the cages of Central Park Zoo, Eléonore steals her way through life in New York City plus the occasional road trip to Boston with a freewheeling spontaneity that may lead her to most unexpected score of all. Eléonore Hendricks and director Joshua Safdie star in this breezily lo-fi look at slacker larceny co-written by Hendricks and Safdie and shot guerilla-style on the streets of NYC that rocked The Director s Fortnight at Cannes to become one of the most talked-about indie sensations of the year.

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The chance to discover a raw talent like this is a pleasure indeed. --David Fear, Time Out New York

The Amerindie breakthrough of the year...a slacker-era blend of Bresson s PICKPOCKET and Goddard s BREATHLESS. --Andrew O Hehir, Salon

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  • Actors: Eleonore Hendricks, Joshua Safdie
  • Directors: Joshua Safdie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002U1LGU0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,119 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bold Gray Mare on May 14, 2010
Format: DVD
Nice camera work, visually interesting and a fine sound track. This unsophisticated film will delight film buffs, kleptomaniacs and advocates of redistribution-of-wealth theory alike. However I found the sympathetic portrayal of an impulsive and immature gamine, Eleanor (who steals other people's belongings for kicks), vaguely repugnant. She opportunistically preys on her random victims, even establishing a fleeting rapport with them as she steals their prized possessions.

Watching her go from one klepto fix to another was like watching a slow motion wreck--compelling, shocking, sad. The viewer is along for her thrill-seeking ride. After she steals what looks like a diaper bag from a father unloading luggage from a taxi, we discover it contains family pets. Eleanor rejects the lively young dog (kicking it out of her apartment) but keeps its kitten companions. Her lack of concern for the pup she abandons typifies her callous, self-centered behavior. The viewer gradually loses hope that Eleanor will make a change for the better. It's disheartening.

If "The Pleasure of Being Robbed" meant to depict the callowness of urban youth, it succeeds. But I disliked it, a lot.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jameela Bailey on August 3, 2013
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I first watched this movie on Netflix. I said, "Why not give this a try? It seems interesting because in the description it said that it was filmed with a (camera 16mm color) I'm guessing thats the camera they used in either the 80's or 90's? Anyways I loved it. I don't like stealing but there was something about this film that could make you think stealing is ok? lol. From the beginning Eleonore was being nice to people while she stole. She is a kleptomaniac but she'd steal for good then steal for bad.

The movie doesn't exactly have a plot, its just a 'breeze by' type of film. It's modern and hip. I think you all will enjoy it. A good Sunday/Friday night movie :)
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