The Memory Thief

The Memory Thief

Streaming Video - 2007
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The Memory Thief tells the story of Lukas - an aimless, haunted young man in contemporary L.A. who buries thoughts of his own past in the humdrum routine of a tollbooth clerk. A chance encounter with a Holocaust survivor suddenly brings into focus a world and an identity he embraces with frightening intensity - the victimized Jews of World War II. As he begins to enthusiastically act out his newfound obsession, Lukas discovers that survivor's guilt isn't just a Jewish phenomenon.
Publisher: United States : Stark Raving Films, 2007
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (95 minutes)) : sound, color
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LittleNoName
Jan 01, 2016

Very strange movie. Title makes no sense. The point of it isnt clear which is sad because the Holocust was a huge atrocities.

michlmac Jul 15, 2013

I'd have liked this movie a great deal more had the protagonist not kept revealing himself as a complete turd, but perhaps it's too much to expect much of toll collector. This anonymous young man performs one or two nice deeds even as he becomes obsessed with the Holocaust. He then identifies with that event and attempts to subsume himself into the identity of a Holocaust Jew, tattoo, clothes etc., berating people driving foreign-made cars. He even believes he's better than non-Jews. SPOILER: We're left with an image of him staggering onto the highway, shoeless and camp-garbed. Some may feel for him. I felt the ending to be contrived and manipulative.

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beestar
Sep 30, 2012

This film was such a waste of my time. Very misleading cover.

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geomillar
Dec 09, 2010

The picture on the cover suggested a huge find in the para- psychological-thriller department. What I got was a great little study of a lad who wanted to feel the suffering of those who survived the Holocaust. His ability in getting into the minds of those who were scarred by these atrocities is unforgettable. Yes, it is worth watching, but it only gets 4 stars from me.

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