01 October 2008

The Pleasure of Being Robbed

Directed by: Josh Safdie
Written by: Josh Safdie & Eleonore Hendricks
Full credits at IMDb

Grade: 4/5

Steeped in 16mm textures and Bujalski-esque naturalism, The Pleasure of Being Robbed, Josh Safdie’s debut feature, is both an up-close character study and a wider-scoped survey of contemporary New York. And though it features wonderfully un-self-conscious actors cheerfully ambling through comic vignettes, it’s not (entirely) just another kids-in-Brooklyn-apartments movie. Quarter-life-crisisers don’t dissect their romantic relationships ad nauseum here. Instead, they steal.

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