The Memory Thief
The Memory Thief (2007)

For Lukas (Mark Webber), an ambitionless, socially isolated tollbooth worker, each day is indistinguishable from the next -- filled, from the onset of work until the end of shift, with thousands of cars that slide through his station. Day… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

There are intriguing issues swirling around the film, but [director] Kofman never brings it to a boil, never finds the deeper, truer meaning inside the ideas he is grappling with.

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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice

The film is (perhaps deliberately) as unbalanced as its protagonist, one whose fury ultimately seems directed either nowhere in particular or in too many directions at once -- until things eventually devolve into a Taxi Driver riff.

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Nora Lee Mandel

A thoughtful, creative, and disturbing way to treat the numbness of Holocaust and genocide fatigue, through striking images of a man's bizarre transformation and obsession.

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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle

Director Gil Kofman's attempt is noble in trying to show this descent into madness, but something rings false.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Kofman includes real-life Holocaust survivors in his cast, a bold and unsettling stroke in a fictional story that's more challenging than most documentaries about the subject.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

The film deserves qualified praise.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

In The Memory Thief, a strange and melancholy journey to the heart of madness, a rootless young man finds meaning in the horrors of a stolen past.

Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune

Tragedy and closure, memory and truth are the subjects of writer/director Gil Kofman's first narrative feature.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

While the film tends to talk over itself in its attempt to say all it needs to say on the subject, his film's uncompromisingly bleak vision is a bracing alternative.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A curious piece wherein a aimless young man without much of a life finds himself by strangely identifying with Holocaust survivors ... their lives were taken… More