U.S., 2020, 102 min, Dir. Benjamin Ree, Not rated but unsuitable for children, Neon
"There are moments so intimate and unguarded that you may briefly dissociate and question what you're watching - a documentary, or its carefully scripted and acted narrative counterpart." – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"So compelling is "The Painter and the Thief" - and ultimately so powerfully moving in its faith in human resilience - that you may not notice the illuminating ways in which [director Benjamin] Ree plays with form and viewpoint." – Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Desperate for answers about the theft of her two paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls. The Painter and the Thief won the World Cinema Documentary Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
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