Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Thief (1997)

Academy Awards, USA 1998

Best Foreign Language Film

Stratosphere Entertainment
Directed by Pavel Chukhray
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Olive Films)

A single mother is seduced on a train by a Russian soldier. They live in an apartment house with her young son. Despite initial antagonism, the boy eventually looks up to the man as a father figure. Unfortunately, he is a brute, not to mention a thief, who passes along his worst qualities to the boy. They travel from city to city using the same method. Eventually he is caught and sent to prison, leaving the boy and his mother on their own. Bleak, unpleasant film plays out to its inevitable tragic ending.

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