This film was pretty good until a bizarre bit at the end with her at the zoo and then swimming in the river with an obviously fake polar bear. Did I miss something, was she on drugs, or was it supposed to be real? Without this bizarre part, the film was pretty good, but it didn't go anywhere, we merely just dipped in and out of this girl's life, and gained little pleasure from being in it. Brief, strange & incomplete
Eleonore Hendricks is great in the main role here, but the character is so hard to like that the film becomes a bit of a chore, despite the brief runtime. There's the germ of a good idea here, it's just very well hidden. Director Joshua Safdie picks the aesthetic he wants to go for and at least sticks to it admirably.
Quirky debut feature from the mega talented Safdie Brothers, which “stole” my heart. A simple story of a young woman who gets by in New York from stealing - and does so in such an assured and deft way that she frequently succeeds because of the charm-effect she has - The Pleasure Of Being Robbed is an easy and kind of gripping watch. Funny, charming, and over in less than 70 minutes
A petty crime film that meanders with such freedom its impossible to resist. Of course the Safdie brothers 2017 'Good Time' takes it up a notch in terms of intensity but in some ways I prefer the gentle simplicity of this film. I also love the fact that it really doesn't overstay its welcome. Big fan of short features, wish there were more of them, great for double bills!
If you can get past the gleeful amorality, there's much to enjoy here. Taking driving lessons in a stolen car was a joke that had surprising distance in it. Many of the other scenes of casual theft were just bizarre. I'd have enjoyed this one a lot more about ten years ago; before cynicism started to take hold... For that reason, I enjoyed 'Good Time' a lot more (they make a great double bill).
Immersive filmmaking, using grainy, close focus visuals and careful editing to highlight moments of transgression and risk. Yes, there is a strong New York bohemian vibe which is mildly annoying. But the dynamic, docu-realist visuals and sense of peril propel the film onwards. Except it never arrives anywhere. Stylistically strong impressionist piece with a ludicrous fake polar bear. Interesting but rather pointless.
La face pesante et saumâtre d'un certain cinéma prétendu indépendant, certes des grands majors yankees, mais non de la prétention narcissique et de la viduité cinématographique, qui propose, à défaut d'imposer, un scénario translucide, inexistant et d'une fadeur hautement émétique, non dénué d'un certain ridicule... www.cinefiches.com
Some really cute moments, she's great and I enjoyed the soundtrack a lot, but it's so loose and underdeveloped that I'm not even sure if this should be considered an actual movie. I'd hardly recommend it to anyone – but I have to say, I don't regret the hour I spent with it. (By the way, why does the sinopsys here think that people should «owe her their thanks». For what. And what about that bear thin– never mind.)
Young filmmaker trying to be Cassavetes. It is harder than it seems. This film attracts the eye in the first half hour, partly because everything is so intriguing but appears to be empty in the end. Nothing really to dislike though. Just not seriously written with a potentially interesting character that end up being annoying. And what was that at the Central Park Zoo ? Poetry ? Dream ? Little embarrassing.