The Island (I) (2011)

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Sophie and Daneel, both in their early thirties, are a close and passionate couple living in Paris. Sophie initiates a surprise journey to Bulgaria... See full synopsis »



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Olivier Claverie ...
Alexander Elenkov ...
John Laskowski ...
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Monio Monev
Mihail Mutafov ...
Silvia Petkova ...
Petar Popyordanov
Loïc Risser ...
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Teddy Ruseva


Sophie and Daneel, both in their early thirties, are a close and passionate couple living in Paris. Sophie initiates a surprise journey to Bulgaria... See full synopsis »

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10 October 2011 (Bulgaria)  »

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€1,500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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"Extraordinary study of character..."
29 March 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Bulgarian screenwriter and director Kamen Kalev's second feature film which he also wrote and co-produced with Anguel Christanov and Fredrik Zander, is a Bulgarian-Swedish co-production which was shot in Paris, France and on various locations in Bulgaria. It tells the story about Daneel and Sophie, a happy young couple who lives in Paris, France. In order to get a break from their everyday life in the city they have decided to take a vacation. Sophie has arranged everything for them and is looking forward to surprise Daneel, but when they arrive at the airport and Daneel learns that they are traveling to Bulgaria, he freaks out and begins to tell Sophie things that she didn't know.

Finely directed by Kamen Kalev and notable for it's ardent naturalistic milieu depictions and the compelling cinematography by Bulgarian cinematographer Julian Atanassov, this humorous and insightful tale draws an invariably engaging portrayal of two young lovers who while vacationing on an idyllic Island discovers new things about themselves and one another. Impelled by it's colorful characters, this philosophical and well-paced independent film which is superbly written and narrated depicts an extraordinary study of character about a young man's astounding catharsis.

Examining themes such as interpersonal relations, self-discovery and coming-of-age, this atmospheric and life-affirming love-story is reinforced by it's quick-witted dialog, Danish actor Thure Lindhardt's exceptional acting performance and the fine acting performances by French actress Laetita Casta and Chilean actor, screenwriter and director Alejandro Jodorowsky. A charismatic, romantic, adventurous and exhilarating fictional story about a capricious relationship.

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