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The Thief

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Original title
  • Bop
  • The Thief
Running time
97 min.
Russia Russia
Pavel Chukhrai
Vladimir Dashkevich
Vladimir Klímov
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Co-production Russia-France; NTV-PROFIT / Productions Le Pont / Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) / Canal+ / Roissy Films
Drama | 1950s. Childhood
Synopsis / Plot
In 1946, a soldier fathers a child then dies before its birth. Jump to 1952: on a train, the child and his mother meet a handsome soldier who makes a play for her. She accepts. Posing as a married family, the soldier finds them a rooming house where he becomes everyone's favorite through his good looks and generosity. Meanwhile he gives the boy, Sanya, lessons in life: to fight back, to win at all costs. The child's mother, Katya, is head-over-heels in love with Tolyan, the soldier, but the relationship becomes rocky when Tolyan's true plans for the rooming house become clear. It starts them on a treadmill of flight that risks Katya's life, Tolyan's liberty, and Sanya's trust.
1997: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1997: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture
1997: Venice: International Award from Jurado of la juventud. 4 Nominations
1997: Nominated for Goya: Best European Movie
1997: European Film Awards: Nominated for Best Film
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