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The Painter and the Thief (2020)

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Critic Consensus: The Painter and the Thief uses the unlikely bond between a criminal and his victim as the canvas for a compelling portrait of compassion and forgiveness.

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Desperate for answers about the theft of her 2 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.

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One leaves The Painter and the Thief feeling eager to see what might happen if we were kinder and less self-interested, and convinced anew of the basic connection between paint and the human heart.

June 4, 2020 | Full Review…

[A] strange, delicately made film, which manages to defy expectations about both of its subjects and the power balance between them.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a knockout.

May 22, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

[T]here 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.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The concept of being seen through someone else's eyes drives the best parts of The Painter and the Thief, a documentary that illuminates a great deal about the human condition even if it does kind of fizzle out in the third act.

May 22, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ask not-or not only-what the painter does for the thief. Ask what the thief might be doing for the painter.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

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