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Sezonat na kanarchetata (1993)

Unrated | | Drama | 26 November 1993 (Bulgaria)
Mother (Lily), son (Malín) and stepfather, and a poor relation between the latter two. Lily always refused to tell who was Malín's real father. But Malín gradually uncovered the secret. ... See full summary »

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Evgeni Mihailov (as Eugeny Mihaylov)
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Credited cast:
Paraskeva Djukelova Paraskeva Djukelova ... Young Lily
Plamena Getova Plamena Getova ... Old Lily
Mikhael Dontchev Mikhael Dontchev ... Malin
Petar Popyordanov Petar Popyordanov ... Ivan, Father of Malin
Michail Alexandrov Michail Alexandrov ... Yoyng Malin
Ani Vulchanova Ani Vulchanova ... Margarita
Plamen Sirakov Plamen Sirakov ... Tanasi (as Plamen Serakov)
Veselin Vulkov Veselin Vulkov
Eleftery Elefterov Eleftery Elefterov ... Slavcho
Nevena Kokanova Nevena Kokanova
Ivo Siromahov Ivo Siromahov
Radoslav Blazhev Radoslav Blazhev
Nikolai Urumov Nikolai Urumov ... (as Nickolay Urumov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pavel Angelov Pavel Angelov
Anna Gelinova Anna Gelinova ... Margarita
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Mother (Lily), son (Malín) and stepfather, and a poor relation between the latter two. Lily always refused to tell who was Malín's real father. But Malín gradually uncovered the secret. Lily and Ivan were very much in love but never had any opportunity to sleep together. After Ivan was drafted Lily disappeared. She was raped by the son of a communist official and became pregnant. The People's Tribunal decided that the rapist and the raped should marry. To avoid the shame of being an unmarried mother Lily resigned to her fate. But the husband did not even attend the wedding ceremony and feast. After this insult Lily refused to sleep with him. Then he sent her in a concentration camp. She witnessed a prisoner being tortured to death. Later she was confined to a mental hospital. But she made it clear to a young doctor that she would do anything for him if he helped her out. He accepted the deal. But Lily's freedom might not have lasted long if she had posed as the respectable married ... Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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Drama

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Bulgaria

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Bulgarian

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26 November 1993 (Bulgaria) See more »

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Canary Season See more »

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Boyana Film See more »
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Official submission of Bulgaria for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 66th Academy Awards in 1994. See more »

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When Disaster is the Best of All Possible Worlds
5 June 2004 | by scharnbergmax-seSee all my reviews

This is not a great movie that will be remembered because of its cinematic merits; it suffers heavily from the low budget. But it would definitely deserve a remake, because it throws new light upon things that should never be forgotten. Leibniz said that we live in the best of all possible worlds. The deep tragedy, which is gradually unfolded, is that this is indeed true of the young boy, and even more of his mother.

The most important aspect of this film is the action and the events. First we see a family: mother (Lily), son (Malin) and the stepfather, with a poor relation between the latter two, although they avoid rather than fight each other. In one scene the man wants to make love and Lily defends herself. But the moment Malin tries to teach the stepfather a lesson, Lily very aggressively turns against her son.

Who was Malin's real father? Lily always refused to tell. But searching the house for cues Malin finally finds a love letter with a photo of Lily and a man (Ivan). Further search reveals that Ivan presently works at a youth correction school. Malin goes there. Standing outside the fence he intensively looks at Ivan, until the latter realises that he has an errand and opens the gate. They embrace each other, and Ivan says, 'You must excuse that I don't remember you. We have many hundreds.' A little later they sit down at a table with two glasses of beer, and Ivan says, 'Well, what can I do for you?' Malin is enraged by this reception, and when Ivan denies being his father he shows the evidence. But then comes the next piece of the puzzle. Ivan and Lily were indeed in love, but they never had any opportunity to sleep together. One night they met on the cemetery, but the home defence found them and cut their cloths to pieces. Soon afterwards Ivan was drafted into the army, and somehow the mother disappeared.

When Malin had found out that much, Lily no longer conceals the rest. She was raped by the son of a communist government official, and became pregnant. The People's Tribunal decided that the rapist and the raped should marry. Even in communist Bulgaria it was a shame to be an unmarried mother, so Lily resigned to her fate. However, the husband did not even attend the wedding ceremony and the wedding feast (although the marriage was no less legal for that reason). But after such an insult Lily refused to sleep with him. He revenged himself by imprisoning her in a concentration camp. There she witnessed another female prisoner being tortured to death. Later, she was confined to a mental hospital. But she made it clear to a young doctor that she would do anything for him, if he helped her out, and he accepted the deal.

Lily's freedom might not have lasted long, if she had posed as the respectable married woman she actually was. Better to conceal this. But the price was heavy. If she took a job at a real enterprise, her identity would be disclosed. Hence, she could only take whatever she could get of home work. Nor could she improve her economy by stealing from the enterprise (a pattern presented as perfectly normal). Lily had reason to be satisfied that any man would accept her at all.

And now we have come to the end of the road. COULD Lily have told the truth to her son without danger to both of them? Did she have any better option than the one she had chosen? But could Malin have any understanding for the continual strange behaviour of his mother, as long as he did not know her reasons?


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