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The Mozart of Pickpockets (2006)

Le Mozart des pickpockets (original title)
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Richard and Philippe live hand to mouth, backing up a gang of Spanish pickpockets on the streets of Paris, posing as policemen who arrest a gang member while the others rifle the pockets ... See full summary »


Philippe Pollet-Villard (scenario and dialogue)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Matteo Razzouki-Safardi Matteo Razzouki-Safardi ... L'enfant
Philippe Pollet-Villard ... Philippe
Richard Morgiève Richard Morgiève ... Richard
Samir Guesmi ... Le réceptionniste
Emiliano Suarez Emiliano Suarez ... Max
Jean Sarguera Jean Sarguera ... Pickpocket 1
Jean Camaccio Jean Camaccio ... Pickpocket 2
Fatima Halassi Fatima Halassi ... Femme Barbès
Suzanne Wognin Suzanne Wognin ... Femme Barbès
Ludovic Pinette Ludovic Pinette ... Policier bowling
Mathieu Suzanne Mathieu Suzanne ... Policier Barbès
Jean Bailloux Jean Bailloux ... Policier fourgon
Thibault De Lussy Thibault De Lussy ... Le touriste
Lionel Robert Lionel Robert
Marcel Roger Marcel Roger


Richard and Philippe live hand to mouth, backing up a gang of Spanish pickpockets on the streets of Paris, posing as policemen who arrest a gang member while the others rifle the pockets and purses of gawkers. When all of the gang except Richard and Philippe are pinched, things look grim. Plus, Richard insists that they take in a wide-eyed immigrant lad, a deaf-mute left behind in the arrests. Philippe suggests a three-person pickpocket trick, using the boy, but when that goes spectacularly badly, they hit rock bottom. Then, at the cinema, the lad finds a solution. It's time to celebrate. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy | Crime


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Cute and funny--but an Oscar winner?!
25 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This review was originally posted 2/17/08. For some odd reason, IMDb won't let me alter my original review at all (something I've done many other times to other reviews), so I was forced to delete the review and repost it--updating some important information.

I saw this movie at a special showing by a local film society of all the Oscar nominated Live Action Shorts about a week or so before the Oscars were announced. For a while, this film was posted online (I think on Atomfilms.com and one other site) but has recently been removed. I think this film has a very small chance to win this year's Oscar because two other films, AT NIGHT and TANGHI ARGENTINI are better films. Now this ISN'T to say THE MOZART OF PICKPOCKETS is bad or didn't deserve the nomination--it is an exceptional and charming little comedy.

The film starts with a group of pickpockets working the streets of Paris. Eventually, 3 of the 5 are caught--leaving the two dumbest crooks alone. At the same time, a mute little boy just appears from no where and follows the crooks home. Not knowing what to do, they decide to keep him.

The film has so many cute twists and the ending is wonderful. However, I don't want to say more because it might spoil the suspense. Watch this one--it's a nice little film.

2/24/08--Apparently, I am an idiot and you should never take me to Vegas! Tonight this film DID win the Oscar--who'd have figured?!

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French | Spanish

Release Date:

15 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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1.85 : 1
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