Falling into the category of performance art crossed with music-less ballet, “Thief or Reality” is a hard-core chunk of philosophical musings on fate, chance and free will that’s destined for experimental fests and special events at art institutes. Angelidi shows a consistently rich and provocative visual style, but the dialogue and overall meaning remain a secret between her and co-writer, Rea Wallden.
Shot entirely in a studio and divided into three sections (“The Net,” “The Dice,” “Free Will”), film explores aspects of sexuality, sensation, memory and apocalypse in darkly tragic imagery, often with the grace of a dancer. Characters are abstracts, and movement sometimes recalls that of ancient Greek tragedy. There’s a striking sensuality to the frequent images of female nudity, but the uncommitted will tune out early on. Technical credits are tip-top.