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Bulgarian Lovers (2003)

Los novios búlgaros (original title)
A straight-laced Spanish man falls in love with a young foreigner.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dritan Biba ...
Kyril
Pepón Nieto ...
Gildo
Roger Pera ...
Lawyer
Anita Sinkovic ...
Kalina
Fernando Albizu ...
Mogambo
Roman Luknár ...
Simeon (as Román Lucknar)
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Padre de Daniel
Julia Martínez ...
Daniel's Mother
Gracia Olayo ...
Rosita
Emma Penella ...
Remedios
Aure Sánchez ...
Bambi
Shai Bercovich ...
Vladimir
Alberto Lozano ...
Taxista
Óscar Iniesta ...
Emil
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A straight-laced Spanish man falls in love with a young foreigner.

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Beware of love in radioactive packages"

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic nudity, strong sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 April 2003 (Spain)  »

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Bulgarian Lovers  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,345 (USA) (30 April 2004)

Gross:

$59,440 (USA) (10 September 2004)
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Quotes

Daniel: I'd give my life for you.
Kyril: I'd give your life for me too.
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Fairly entertaining 90 minutes
14 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not the best film ever to come out of Spain, but makes some pertinent points about some contemporary issues, which must surely be (almost) as timely in the US as for us in "federal" Europe at the moment. Not least of them, how much are our perceptions of love, loyalty and honour shaped by our perceptions of our relative socio-economic and geographical circumstances?

Personally, I agree with the reviewers who felt the Bulgarian interlude is very important for assisting characterisation - particularly for helping explain the motivations of Kyril and Kalina. I can understand some bristling at what they see as offensive clichés about disenfranchised eastern Europeans, but hey, it's the work of one director, not some Party committee. However, he does seem to tread the line between thriller, comedy and Almodovar-style melodrama with the unease of someone who's a bit rusty (and the clunkingly obvious "tribute" scene to Almodovar's "Law of Desire" when Kyril and Daniel are returning home from a drunken night out as Madrid's municipal cleaners hose down the street could only ever make you pine for that earlier, greater work).

Having said that, I think it bears repeat viewing. But, as for the "gratuitous nudity" - uptight Americans get over yourselves, please. There is hardly any.


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