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The Thief (1997)
"Vor" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  17 July 1998 (USA)
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A woman meets a man who isn't the right man for her - but she hasn't realised it yet...

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Tolyan
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Katya (as Ekaterina Rednikova)
Mikhail Filipchuk ...
Sanya 6 let (as Misha Filipchuk)
Dmitriy Chigaryov ...
Sanya 12 let (as Dima Chigaryov)
Yury Belyayev ...
Sanya 48 let (as Yuriy Belyaev)
Amaliya Mordvinova ...
Doktorsha
Lidiya Savchenko ...
Baba Tanya
Anatoliy Koshcheev ...
Sapozhnik
Anna Shtukaturova ...
Devochka-khromonozhka (as Anya Shtukaturova)
Yervant Arzumanyan ...
Bukhgalter (as Ervant Arzumanyan)
Natalya Pozdnyakova ...
Bukhgaltersha
Olga Pashkova ...
Artistka
Lyudmila Selyanskaya ...
Alkogolichka
Galina Petrova ...
Varvara
Viktor Bunakov ...
Inzhener
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In 1946, a soldier fathers a child then dies before its birth. Jump to 1952: on a train, the child and his mother meet a handsome soldier who makes a play for her. She accepts. Posing as a married family, the soldier finds them a rooming house where he becomes everyone's favorite through his good looks and generosity. Meanwhile he gives the boy, Sanya, lessons in life: to fight back, to win at all costs. The child's mother, Katya, is head-over-heels in love with Tolyan, the soldier, but the relationship becomes rocky when Tolyan's true plans for the rooming house become clear. It starts them on a treadmill of flight that risks Katya's life, Tolyan's liberty, and Sanya's trust. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,340 (USA) (17 July 1998)

Gross:

$1,126,115 (USA) (29 January 1999)
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Sanya - 48 Years Old: [voiceover] I was born right after the war, in 1946. My mother was going to the village where her relatives lived and gave birth to me right on the road. I never saw my father. He was covered with wounds when he returned from the war and died six months before I was born, but throughtout my childhood I kept thinking of him, trying to imagine him.
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Should have won for best Foreign Picture
28 April 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most ambitious films I have ever seen done; it is an extremely painful movie to watch in places, beautifully photographed, with understated direction that does not get in the way of the story.

A lot will be lost on the small screen, but if you enjoy foreign films (or films in general) you will not find a better one than this. If you are in the mood for lighthearted entertainment, do not rent this film; you will feel sad for a long time after it ends. (It is a Russian story, after all.) Images from the film are guaranteed to haunt for a long time; it reminds the viewer of the power film can have to affect an audience.

Nine stars for me.


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