"Misdemeanor" is memorable for several reasons -- the setting, the medium, the actors, the music, and the moral questions that it raises. Based in New York, the movie makes great use of familiar scenes, such as the bodegas, stoops, rooftop views, and parks. The combination of black and white, no dialogue, and a great score give the movie a sophisticated feel. The music really sets the mood and moves the story along.
The actors and their direction really make the movie. The girl played the part of a homeless person very realistically, eating out of garbage cans, sleeping in a bin, collecting cans for money; and she accurately demonstrated the desperation of her situation. She brought life to the character, and the viewer had to be sympathetic.
It was interesting to see several sides of the shopkeeper: a businessman who will not tolerate stealing, and a loving father who cherishes his children. "Misdemeanor" does a great job of showing human nature's complexity, and how situations can bring out different facets of it.
The girl's decision to do the right thing is refreshing, and then the viewer is questioned at the end of the movie as to what the right thing really is. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and I look forward to seeing the next production from this director.
I originally saw this movie at the Columbia Film Festival in New York, and then I was treated by Columbia to a DVD compilation of all of the films, so luckily, I can enjoy it whenever I want.