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The Cleverest Thief

A character study about the trials and tribulations of Alzheimer’s disease.
5/5

Review

Directed by Andrew Ball-Shaw, from a screenplay by Caroline Coxon, ‘The Cleverest Thief’ is a short drama film that explores the ailing health and undefeated psyche of a woman with Alzheimer’s disease. Libby Wattis leads the cast as Florence, who – despite the hindrance of dementia – is tasked with crafting the musical composition for an upcoming ballet. Additional cast includes; Christopher Laishley as Matt, and Laura Lindsay as Sarah. In spite of the films explicit poignancy, the drama is enriched with comical undertones through the central characters self-depricating humor.

Throughout the 35-minute film, which is almost entirely set in one location, the narrative delves into the psychological symptoms, personality and behavior of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. With the support of her devoted children, Matt and Sarah, Florence is faced with the uphill challenge of household duties and personal maintenance – all the while steadfast and determined to complete the musical arrangement. The film acts as a character study of an Alzheimer’s patience – with the character occasionally breaking the fourth wall to divulge her angst and wavering state of mind.

Following on from Andrew’s comparable short ‘Lavender’, which also stars Libby Wattis, ‘The Cleverest Thief’ delivers a more comprehensive snapshot of life with the disease – albeit with a comical underbelly. Wattis once again presents a sensational performance that encapsulates the authentic character traits of a suffer – which viewers will find highly intriguing.

Christopher Laishley and Laura Lindsay deliver equally commendable performances that will resonate with those who care for a sufferer. Technically, the film is crafted with high quality cinematography and post-production – aided by an exquisite musical soundtrack. Viewers are likely to shed a tear during the poignant closing scene. Highly recommended.

The Cleverest Thief

Recommended

Recommended

The Cleverest Thief

A character study about the trials and tribulations of Alzheimer’s disease.
5/5

Review

Directed by Andrew Ball-Shaw, from a screenplay by Caroline Coxon, ‘The Cleverest Thief’ is a short drama film that explores the ailing health and undefeated psyche of a woman with Alzheimer’s disease. Libby Wattis leads the cast as Florence, who – despite the hindrance of dementia – is tasked with crafting the musical composition for an upcoming ballet. Additional cast includes; Christopher Laishley as Matt, and Laura Lindsay as Sarah. In spite of the films explicit poignancy, the drama is enriched with comical undertones through the central characters self-depricating humor.

Throughout the 35-minute film, which is almost entirely set in one location, the narrative delves into the psychological symptoms, personality and behavior of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. With the support of her devoted children, Matt and Sarah, Florence is faced with the uphill challenge of household duties and personal maintenance – all the while steadfast and determined to complete the musical arrangement. The film acts as a character study of an Alzheimer’s patience – with the character occasionally breaking the fourth wall to divulge her angst and wavering state of mind.

Following on from Andrew’s comparable short ‘Lavender’, which also stars Libby Wattis, ‘The Cleverest Thief’ delivers a more comprehensive snapshot of life with the disease – albeit with a comical underbelly. Wattis once again presents a sensational performance that encapsulates the authentic character traits of a suffer – which viewers will find highly intriguing.

Christopher Laishley and Laura Lindsay deliver equally commendable performances that will resonate with those who care for a sufferer. Technically, the film is crafted with high quality cinematography and post-production – aided by an exquisite musical soundtrack. Viewers are likely to shed a tear during the poignant closing scene. Highly recommended.

The Cleverest Thief

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