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The Best Thief in the World (2004)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  16 January 2004 (USA)
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Izzy, the youngest son of a troubled New York family, takes a shine to breaking into people's apartments as a way to get attention.

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The story of a young boy (Izzy) and his family, living in New York. His father (Paul) has recently had a stroke, completely debilitating him mentally and physically. Izzy tries to escape the reality of it all by breaking into nearby homes. His mother (Sue) struggles to keep the family together, battling Izzy's outbursts and the strains of the entire situation. Written by Dan

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Sue: What do I know?
Izzy: What do any of us know?
Sue: Exactly, honey. Exactly.
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A beautiful, original film
1 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I thought the performances in this film were incredible and heartfelt, particularly Mary-Louise Parker and newcomer Michael Silverman as the mother and son in this loving but tortured family. Michael plays a boy growing up in a rough NYC neighborhood whose father has just had a stroke. He starts acting out by breaking in to other people's apartments. Sue (Mary-Louise) is a teacher struggling to hold the family together as best she can. They're never predictable, the characters are never sentimental... I thought the movie added up to something bigger than it was in a way that I was not expecting. I Didn't even feel like I was watching a movie until these bizarre young kids that act as a greek chorus singing funny and squirmy nursury rhymes right to camera reminded me of it (this touch may have been genius, but it threw me off). It is rare to see something like this on film. Best film I've seen in a while.


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