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Release Date:
30 April 2003 (Spain) See more »
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Tagline:
Beware of love in radioactive packages"
Plot:
A straight-laced Spanish man falls in love with a young foreigner. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Fernando Guillén Cuervo ... Daniel
Dritan Biba ... Kyril
Pepón Nieto ... Gildo
Roger Pera ... Lawyer
Anita Sinkovic ... Kalina
Fernando Albizu ... Mogambo
Roman Luknár ... Simeon (as Román Lucknar)
Simón Andreu ... 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
Labinot Nuredini ... Yordan
Isabel Ampudia ... Hermana 1
Inés Sájara ... Hermana 2
Alejandro Núñez ... Kyril adolescente
Marin Dimitrov Yanev ... Kyril's Father (as Yanev Marin Dimitrov)
David Pinilla ... Tasador
Elena Konstantinova Raynova ... Madre Kyril
Nikolay Maksimov Genchev ... Kyril's cousin
Antonio Del Olmo ... Marido 2
Alberto Vázquez ... Marido 1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alejandro Arroyo ... (uncredited)
Julio Díez ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Eloy de la Iglesia 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eloy de la Iglesia  writer
Fernando Guillén Cuervo  writer
Antonio Hens  writer
Eduardo Mendicutti  novel

Produced by
Eduardo Campoy .... producer
Borislav Chuchkov .... executive producer
Jesús García Ciordia .... producer (as Jesús G. Ciordia)
Dimitar Gochev .... executive producer
Fernando Guillén Cuervo .... producer
Oihana Olea .... executive producer
Pedro Olea .... producer
Mario Pedraza .... delegate producer
 
Original Music by
Antonio Meliveo 
 
Cinematography by
Néstor Calvo 
 
Film Editing by
José Salcedo 
 
Production Design by
Julio Torrecilla 
 
Costume Design by
Pedro Moreno 
 
Makeup Department
Fermín Galán .... hair stylist
Jorge Hernández .... makeup artist
Luis Jiménez .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Josep Amorós .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luis M. Cordero .... assistant director (as Luis Cordero)
Andrés Curbelo .... assistant director
F. Javier Soto .... first assistant director
Federico Untermann .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Álvaro Cortázar .... property master
 
Sound Department
Aitor Berenguer .... sound mixer
José Antonio Bermúdez .... sound mixer
Juan Dibarboure .... boom operator
Raúl Lasvignes .... sound editor
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
 
Special Effects by
Carlos Martín .... special effects
Pedro Moreno .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Helmuth Barnert .... digital compositor (as Helmut Barnert)
Nacho Cepero .... digital compositor
David Fernández Girón .... cgi operator
Noelia Gorrón .... visual effects producer
Gonzalo Moure .... digital compositor
Alfonso Nieto .... visual effects supervisor
Marcos Onaindia .... digital compositor
Silvia Torralba .... visual effects producer
 
Stunts
Pablo Casillas .... stunt double: fernando guillen cuervo
Eugenio Jiménez .... stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt coordinator
Manuel Valle .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto Cuadrado .... electrician
Óscar de Luna .... electrician
Álvaro Gutiérrez .... assistant camera
Juanjo Sánchez .... steadicam operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Javier Aranda .... costume assistant (as Francisco Javier Aranda)
Elena Gómez .... costume assistant (as Elena Picaza)
 
Editorial Department
Enrique Jiménez .... colorist
Manolo Laguna .... assistant editor (as Manuel Laguna)
 
Other crew
Mercedes Andrino .... production coordinator
Yuyi Beringola .... script supervisor
Olga Blázquez .... production secretary
David Chagoyen .... production assistant
Bernardo Crespo .... production administrator
Nerea La Cruz .... production assistant
Elena Llaneza .... production accountant
Javier Martínez Calvo .... titles designer
Pedro Ruigómez .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Los novios búlgaros" - Spain (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for graphic nudity, strong sexual content, language and some drug use
Runtime:
101 min
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
Daniel:I'd give my life for you.
Kyril:I'd give your life for me too.
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7 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Besotted, 31 March 2005
Author: B24 from Arizona

Another of the reviews here has it right: the attraction of someone from a foreign and backwater culture very different from one's own to an affluent -- hence more powerful -- person whose own culture betrays elements of decadence is unlikely to portend anything good.

There is as well something of the whiff of upper class meets lower class here. I am reminded of Christopher Isherwood's opus in which that theme is played out in Berlin and Spain even as this one is. The writers of this novel and film are covering ground trod before. I do not find this questionable, and indeed I think there is a universal element at work here. That involves the age-old theme of someone with money and social standing besotted by a physically attractive and naive but appealing person who lacks those other attributes. Sometimes it works out, like Pygmalion, but most of the time it is doomed from the start.

The question here is whether the story or the film itself is any good. I thought it was something of a mixed bag. It seemed to me compelling in some parts, as in its vivid depiction of social and cultural distinctions or its clearly professional production values; but I felt less certain of the plot. Although the character of Daniel is completely open and obvious, and even Kyril is vaguely recognizable in both his person and background, the connections to third parties seem forced and improbable. It would have been a more successful film had it concentrated on developing internal conflict rather than hopping about Europe. Sometimes less is more.

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