DVD - 2009 | Russian
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In 1946 a soldier fathers a child and dies before his birth. SIx years later, the mother and the child meet a handsome soldier in a train. An incredible story of much deceptions, heartbreaks and betrayals ensue.
Publisher: [St. Charles, IL] : Olive Films, 2009
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd. col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Thief


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Feb 11, 2017

widowed mother and young son are both sucked into the magnetic orbit of a man posing as a soldier but who is really a thief. as they endlessly make their way from one rooming house to the next town the little boy is taught to be tough and the mother suffers in her love for the always fleeing thief, who nevertheless never abandons his 'family' until he's caught.

Aug 14, 2016

Writer/director Pavel Chukhray has accomplished what only a select few have ever done—he’s made a genuinely authentic film about childhood trauma and by casting diminutive actor Mikhail Filipchuk as six-year old Sanya he also found the perfect vehicle for telling it with those wide eyes and a perpetual sense of puzzlement mirroring the adult confusion around him. The political statements are there of course but Chukhray keeps them subtle—a tattoo of Stalin over a thief's heart; wealthy party members inhabiting the upper floors of a building while “cooperative apartments” are consigned to the basement—and they never overshadow the family tragedy playing out in the foreground. Sanya’s evolution from innocent child to shattered adolescent and finally haunted adult, told simply and without bombast or unwarranted drama, showcases one of the more genuinely heartbreaking rites of passage in modern cinema.


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