The Dhal Burglar (2014)

A young girl gets caught stealing bowls of dhal that she's been feeding to a local elephant.


Eran Thomson


Eran Thomson
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Credited cast:
Galappathi Chaminda Galappathi Chaminda ... Tuk Tuk Driver
Hewamanage Dayasena Hewamanage Dayasena ... Security Guard
Ulvishawage Nipuni Pavithra Ulvishawage Nipuni Pavithra ... Thief
Wickramaarage Prdeepika Sudarsani Wickramaarage Prdeepika Sudarsani ... Cook


A young girl gets caught stealing bowls of dhal that she's been feeding to a local elephant.

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Sri Lanka | Australia

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1 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Cut to the chase! This warm, nourishing little film will steal your heart in minutes for a subject so large as a love that knows no bounds.
6 January 2014 | by ar-890-332529See all my reviews

Eran Thomson is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and director who, even on holiday, can put together on an i-phone in a morning's inspirational playfulness what others might take months and fortunes to capture, and possibly never achieve in spontaneity and delight. The Dhal Burglar is a novice thief, driven only by the motives of her heart, and to say more is to spoil the suspense and fun.

Such a film as this renews the sense of play and open-heartedness that we too, as children once possessed, and still might, if we had the active imagination of the child running through our minds and bodies, and the wellsprings of a technology in our agile hands capable of instantly recording what happens when we say: "Let's pretend! Let's tell a story! You be the dhal burglar and I'll be the...."

Come see what happens when mature creativity in a small film is unleashed in a surprisingly big way. And then keep an eye out for what else might be captured by Mr. Thomson on larger cinematic turf, because this was just a taste.

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