The Missing Piece: Mona Lisa, Her Thief, the True Story: It misses very few pieces

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comDecember 18, 2013 

This 2012 documentary is a fascinating detective tale in which writer/director Joe Medeiros explores the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. A nondescript Italian building painter took it. Medeiros wants to know why.

His journey takes him to Italy, where he meets the man's 84-year-old daughter. That leads him to the answers of his 30-year quest for the truth. The trip is a bit long, but Medeiros' sense of humor and storytelling skills make the documentary a nice pre-holiday distraction. This one misses very few pieces.

Director: Joe Mendeiros

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Not rated probably PG. It plays at 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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