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Actors: Meredith Bishop, Jsu Garcia, Leigh Taylor-Young, Henry Czerny, Michael Nouri
Director: Thomas Trail
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Emily brown has a problem: shes a kleptomaniac. Nick ruiz has a problem: he needs money to start a private security business. After nick catches emily stealing on camera he her involved in his own cash-raising schemes whic... more »
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Lisa E. from BRISTOL, WI
Reviewed on 1/27/2008...
although the disc graphics are not that great on the outside sleeve.
the movie inside is not that bad. who is watching you? And what may they make you do?
Terrific debut film
Anastasy Tagios | Los Angeles, CA USA | 03/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A self-assured debut film from director and co-writer Thomas Trail, Klepto tells the story of Emily, an obsessive-compulsive young woman who shoplifts to escape the drudgery of her temp job, only to become involved with Nick, a department store's head of security, whose criminal past has caught up to him, forcing him to enlist a reluctant Emily in his plan to rob the store where he works.
A deft blend of substance and style, the briskly-paced, consistently engaging dramatic thriller/character study boasts strong, nuanced, sympathetic performances from leads Meredith Bishop (Emily) and Jsu Garcia (Nick), as well as memorable turns from supporting players Leigh Taylor-Young, as Emily's shopaholic mother, Henry Czerny as the oddly-affable, ultimately sinister drug kingpin Ivan, and Michael Nouri as Emily's serene shrink.
Director Trail proves equally adept at staging and shooting his scenes as he does eliciting compelling performances from his actors; the shots are artfully composed and Trail's judicious use of camera movement enhances the narrative drama, particularly in the film's climactic sequence, told mostly via one long, audacious Steadicam shot (that owes as much to Trail's staging as to Bishop's acting).
Klepto's thriller trappings -- theft, drugs, criminals -- belie its complexity; themes of absent parents, mental illness, family dysfunction, surveillance, and consumerism, combine with Trail's well-drawn characters, snappy dialogue, unexpected plot twists, and assured, energetic direction to make a fresh, often funny, and consistently entertaining debut film."
"Drugstore Cowboy" feel ... ABSORBING !
Barbara L. Morris | Toledo Ohio USA | 05/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"FRESH AND HIP !!
This film TOTALLY goes inside of real-life-like, and down to earth characters in a way I have never experienced before, except for Drugstore Cowboy , and a rare few others.
It's the story of a young woman who is a kleptomaniac,who is watched on one of her shoplifting sprees , and then pursued by a store detective,who not only is physically attracted to her , but also admires the ease with which she shoplifts.
He works his way into her life simply because she fascinates him, and the chain of events that follow are so well written , directed , and acted out , that the the story just moves along smoothly , and we are fully absorbed.
The detective himself gets in a jam of his own , and he is forced to seek her skills and expertise to help him out of it.
Without giving away too much of the conclusion , I can only say that the events that follow will have you totally captivated.
This movie is a WINNER , possibly one of the top five I have ever seen. The whole FEEL of this movie could be compared to "Drugstore Cowboy" or "Stranger than Paradise"
I will definately buy this one to add to my collection."
Klepto Is a Gem
Michael K. Lane | Columbus, Ohio | 04/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have never bothered to write a review before, but this movie really struck me, and I thought it deserved promotion. What makes this movie unusual is that (1) the editing and sound are extremely clean, clever, and perfect and (2) it is distinctly uncliche in a way that strikes you as so fresh and natural (without any feeling of TRYING to be original) -- for example the climax to the little love scene: delightful, audacious, and perfect. In short, a gem.