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Adio, Rio (1989)

The authors of the film discuss the question where the limits of moral compromise lie.


Ivan Andonov


Marko Stojchev
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Filip Trifonov Filip Trifonov ... Arhitektat Stoev
Vania Tzvetkova Vania Tzvetkova ... Suprugata Lena
Petar Popyordanov Petar Popyordanov ... Stazhantat sledovatel, Chocho
Georgi Mamalev Georgi Mamalev ... Dotzentat Popruskov, anatom
Nikola Rudarov ... Direktorat
Georgi Rusev Georgi Rusev ... Sasedat Bay Slavi
Natalia Dontcheva ... Dashteryata Vera
Nadya Todorova Nadya Todorova ... Knizharkata
Latinka Petrova Latinka Petrova ... Lyubopitnata Neda
Ventzislav Iliev Ventzislav Iliev ... Trupat
Katya Chukova Katya Chukova ... Suprugata na nachalnika Dochka (as K. Chukova)
Nikola Todev Nikola Todev ... Doncho
Dimitar Goranov Dimitar Goranov ... Stefan
Pavel Popandov Pavel Popandov ... Kelnerat
Anani Yavashev Anani Yavashev ... Sledovatelyat


All of us are used to compromise but to what a degree is it admissible? Architect Stoev is a gifted pro and is the undoubted winner in a competition for a project to be implemented in Rio de Janeiro. Yet, in order to leave for this place of his dreams, he has to give up a colleague and friend, to lose face. And getting on the verge of doing so, a dead body pops in his life, out of the blue, symbolizing his dead conscience. Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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10 April 1989 (Bulgaria) See more »

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Адио, Рио See more »

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Possibly the most painful and accurate satire of Bulgarian society
16 November 2005 | by k1001bgSee all my reviews

One of the best Bulgarian films ever made, this little gem has always been underrated by critics and public alike. Made in a time of serious political turmoil, with a biting, almost painful satire embodied in every shot, it is not hard to understand why.

The movie tells the absurd story about a talented architect and his family, whose painful desire to leave Bulgaria for the mythical better place - Rio, turns into hysteria when one night a dead body abruptly enters their lives. In their effort to hide it, remove or destroy it, they go through determinism, infuriation, despair, and ultimately madness, as the audience slowly begins to realize that the dead body just a metaphor of the whole way of life each and every Bulgarian lived (and maybe still does?). The dead man it turns out lives in every one of us, haunting our days with his Jesus-blue-eyed stare as we compromise with ourselves, as we bury our heads in the sand and wait for the better life to come.

"Adio Rio" is possibly the best contemporary representation of social relationships in Bulgaria. The dead end and the pessimistic tone of the movie, might seem surprising, considering that it was made in a time when political changes promised brighter future. However they become even more powerful and hit the viewer right in the face today, 15 years after the fall of communism, when the bright future we wished for never happened, the social relationships are still as rotten, and Bulgarian souls just as empty.

strongly recommended

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