"Bulgaria does little to cinematically distinguish itself."
My first Bulgarian film was not as thrilling an experience as I would have liked it to be.At the story’s initiation, we see the fast-forward descent of a troubled bastard into authoritarian clashes, up until present day when let out of jail for beating his mother’s rapist, whom she then chose over her son. From there, the movie turns around to a slow-motion rewind of the mother’s past during tumultuous times in poverty and war-stricken Bulgaria, and her burdened-being with son. For all of the insightful, historical, and relatively untouched topicality for the country to be explored on film, it is in more than an equal tradeoff of being pedantic, heavy-handed, lethargic, and monotonous. (Despite Bulgaria’s lack of cinematic output and exploration, other countries with similar themes have not found themselves so hindered.) Less surprising is the manner in which this is filmed, poorly lit, dark and dank, with a filmy layer of crud plastered over the untrained, impatiently wandering camera. Directed by Eugeny Milhaylov; with Paraskeva Djukelova, Plamena Getova, Michail Alexandrov and Mikhael Dontchev.[See it if you must.]