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The Memory Thief

Big ideas rumble through this 2007 indie feature by playwright Gil Kofman, about a loner (Mark Webber) whose brief encounters with a Holocaust survivor (Allan Rich) trigger a monomaniacal identification with Jews. He begins to archive the recollections of other survivors and practice Jewish rituals, and eventually he becomes a stalker, hounding his new girlfriend's father (Jerry Adler of The Sopranos) for his testimony. Kofman includes real-life Holocaust survivors in his cast, a bold and unsettling stroke in a fictional story that's more challenging than most documentaries about the subject. 93 min.

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