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Yesterday (1988)

Vchera (original title)
The 1960s was the time of Beatles and Rolling Stones, the time of sexual revolution. These events have their echo in Bulgarian English-learning school. The school order provokes a protest of the students due to the narrow-minded teachers.

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Ivan Andonov

Writer:

Vlado Daverov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hristo Shopov ... Ivan
Georgi Staykov Georgi Staykov ... Rostislav (as Georgi Staikov)
Sofiya Kuzeva Sofiya Kuzeva ... Dana
Svetla Todorova Svetla Todorova ... Marina
Georgi Rusev Georgi Rusev ... Principal Tzonchev
Nikola Rudarov ... The Mathematician Barumov
Stoyan Aleksiev Stoyan Aleksiev ... Naydenov
Krasimir Rankov Krasimir Rankov ... The Inspector
Pavel Popandov Pavel Popandov ... The P.E. teacher
Maria Stefanova Maria Stefanova ... Teacher
Petar Popyordanov Petar Popyordanov ... Kostov
Christine Bartlet Christine Bartlet ... English teacher
Kosta Tsonev ... Vera's father
Boris Lukanov
Dimitar Goranov Dimitar Goranov
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Storyline

Back into 60s. While out there, in the West, they are listening to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the hippie movement is at its height, pupils in Bulgaria are obliged to be shingled, to wear full-dress uniforms and sing military songs. But for how long? A group of pupils from a language school believe they have to live differently. They are seeking for ways to shake off everything phony, to be candid with each other, to be part of a wider, much more motley and interesting world. Some of them pay a high price, other experience cruel worldly lessons, but they at least made their best to save face. Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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Country:

Bulgaria

Language:

Bulgarian

Release Date:

25 January 1988 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

Yesterday See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Ivan: However, they won't say: the times were dark Rather: why were their poets silent? Brecht said that!
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The best film of our generation
20 January 2004 | by nikovskiSee all my reviews

This film marks the height of Bulgarian cinema in the XXth century. No other film shows better the social and cultural framework of Bulgarian society just before the end of the Cold War than Vchera. The film itself is about young people coming of age, struggling with the realities and paradoxes of their future adult life in Bulgarian society. Shown is the ferocious competition within the top classes in Bulgarian society, which was otherwise supposed to be class-free. (This competition actually costs the life of one of the film's characters, Rostislav.) Shown is also the inequality in a society where everyone was supposed to be equal. Shown is the impending sexual revolution in a country that was often hypocritical about sexual issues. The cultural background itself is the paradoxical contrast of the semi-military discipline in socialist high schools vs. the libertarian music of the Beatles, the students clad in drab uniforms vs. the Western ideas that were slowly filtering to them, the profanity and oafishness of the school officials vs. Shakespeare's exquisite poetry that was taught in these schools. (The title Vchera means "yesterday" in Bulgarian, the same "yesterday" from Shakespeare's verse in Macbeth: "And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death ..."). For millions of Bulgarians coming to grips with these contrasts, paradoxes, and realities, the film rings very true, which has helped propel it to near-cult status. Given the rapid decline of Bulgarian cinema after the end of the Cold War, it is likely that Vchera will remain one of its peaks for many more years.


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