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The Burglar (2016)

Alex, a young woman aged 18, lives with her mother in Arad, a small town in the middle of the desert near the Dead Sea. One day her mother disappears without a word of explanation. ... See full summary »


Hagar Ben-Asher


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Credited cast:
Lihi Kornowski ... Alex
Ronald Zehrfeld ... Michael
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shlomi Avraham Shlomi Avraham ... Bars installer 1
Yuval Avrahami Yuval Avrahami ... Handyman
Sendi Bar ... Mary
Jean Ben-Aaron Jean Ben-Aaron ... Beautiful girl
Liron Ben-Shlush ... Nurit
Yaniv Biton ... Guy with Mary
Alon Finkel Alon Finkel ... Little boy
Lisa Finkel Lisa Finkel ... Little girl
Vladimir Friedman Vladimir Friedman ... Yoram (as Vladimir Fridman)
Yonit Shaked Golan Yonit Shaked Golan ... Chen's mother
Liel Hacohen Liel Hacohen ... Yoram's wife
Tsahi Hanan ... Police Officer 1
Ran Iakbian Ran Iakbian ... Young boy sleeping naked


Alex, a young woman aged 18, lives with her mother in Arad, a small town in the middle of the desert near the Dead Sea. One day her mother disappears without a word of explanation. Abandoned, Alex must now get by alone. But when she creeps into the houses at night, it's not so much to steal money but to appropriate the intimacy of others and their lives.

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Hebrew | English | German

Release Date:

16 November 2017 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Haporetzet See more »

Filming Locations:

Arad, Israel

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2.35 : 1
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Sometimes picturesque, sometimes a bit confusing, nicely suspenseful
21 November 2017 | by NozzSee all my reviews

The Dead Sea is one of Israel's biggest tourist attractions and the surrounding desert is immensely picturesque. It's nice to see some of that in a movie, although we don't get much because burglary and the wilderness don't exactly mix. That's one of the problems for the protagonist; even in what passes for a town by desert standards, she doesn't enjoy the anonymity a big city would give her.

The protagonist-- the burglar-- is flawed and apparently not entirely sane. She breaks the rules, but not in a charismatic, rebellious, Thelma-and-Louise way. She breaks rules we don't like to see broken. Not an easy person to sympathize with, but we can sympathize regarding the problem she faces, which is how to keep body and soul together when her mother suddenly disappears.

Besides the handful of desert shots, the movie boasts artsy close- ups of the kind that aid suspense by assuming unexpected points of view. Once, for a second, I didn't even know what I was looking at at all. And I wasn't always sure what was happening and why. But the heroine's risky break-ins are consistently suspenseful and there is a fine little gallery of actors on hand for the anti-heroine to be alienated from.

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