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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
The beauty of the film lies in the bond she forges with one of the thieves... The relationship between Barbora and Bertil, as she calls him, grows on camera from improbable friendship to spiritual love.
Through twists and turns, The Painter and the Thief depicts not just the two-way transactional relationship between artist and subject, but the shared pain and mutual rehabilitation that can inspire and surround art making.
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 Ree plays with form and viewpoint.
Instead, director Benjamin Ree's film is more a mesmerizing, and potentially transgressive, investigation into just how far the documentary form can be torn apart and put back together - and whether the audience should accept such a wild reconfiguration.
For the most part, "The Painter and the Thief" seems authentic, a very real portrait of two unique individuals. It not only explores the artistic impulse, but also issues of relationships, addiction and rehab.