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The three principal characters, the mother, stepfather, and son, are very convincingly played.
The scenes of life in Russia in the 1950s, from the communual apartments to the bleak landscapes, are magnificent. And the story of this boy's life is compelling.
It's tragic in the classic Russian tradition, but a mesmerizing story and a nice example of quality modern Russian filmmaking.
Briefly, a soldier's widow with a young son is won over by Tolya, a striking figure in a Red Army uniform which indeed does gaurd a tattoo of Stalin. Once the widow has learned of Tolya's habitual theft, along with his lack of remorse and empathy for others, she is already caught in his romantic spell. And Sanja, at first terrified of this new man in the family, gradually trusts him more and more. Especially for the innocent child, portrayed in awestruck wonder by Misha Philipchuk, this set-up bodes heartbreak.
And the film does not disappoint in that expectation. This is well visualized when an older Sanja, alone and desperate to find Tolya, stares in disbelief as the latter, finally found, doesn't recognize him and ridicules his salutation of "Daddy"...the very nickname the con-artist had insisted on during their days together.
The most innocent and trusting in this film are prey to those whose only desire is to please themselves....and to use the innocents for that purpose. But except for the child, the "innocent" are not blameless in the scenarios that ensue. Sanja's mother,Katje, sees many signs throughout first scenes of Tolya's true character, in his gruffness and cruelty to others, but she stays with him nonetheless, even to the point of jeapordizing her own life.Read more ›
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Awesome movie. I am a huge fan of Russian Cinema. This is a great story.Published 10 months ago by Al
A masterwork! You get to go to mid-1950's Russia for two hours and it's a journey you won't forget easily.Published 13 months ago by David Walker
This was clearly a good copy of the movie. It was as I had remembered it when I first watched it many years ago. Read morePublished 22 months ago by James Tucker
This is a very sad story about a young boy, his mother and the mother's boyfriend in Soviet Russia. It starts with a shot of the mother giving birth to the boy, alone, in a field... Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by Promise
Title: The Thief
Director: Pavel Chukhray
Writer: Pavel Chukhray
Release Date: 17 July 1998 (US)
Price: $20. Read more
The acting was first class and the story was well thought out. It is a great insight into the human heart.
About a Russia woman, her son and a con man pretending to be a Russian soldier. I really liked this movie, very believable.Published on March 28, 2013 by SSP
Post war, Russia, Soviet Union. A woman with her son meets a soldier. At that time, wearing a uniform opened doors, gave you higher standing and respect, but a soldier with charm,... Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Jakey D