The new supervisor Vasil arrives at the construction site of a dam. Vasil has problems with his men, who mistrust him and reluctantly submit to his perfectionism. He becomes involved with ...
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The new supervisor Vasil arrives at the construction site of a dam. Vasil has problems with his men, who mistrust him and reluctantly submit to his perfectionism. He becomes involved with the refreshment bar attendant Lilyana. Vasil, who always wanted children, cannot abandon his childless wife and breaks with Lilyana. When four workers are buried in a tunnel landslide, Vasil makes his way to them and manages to drag them all out, except for Zlatan, a spiteful egocentric, whose legs are caught under a fallen prop. Zlatan begs Vasil to save him, even if it means cutting of his legs. To release the miner's legs Vasil cuts the prop, which is also supporting the roof of the tunnel. Zlatan is rescued. However, Vasil is killed. Since then, the workers say his steps can be heard bellow the dam wall.Written by
Georgi Djulgerov <email@example.com>
This movie clearly distinguishes itself from other Bulgarian motion pictures of the period by the speed with which the story is told. Peter Slabakov and Medi Dimitrova are incredible - one of the best duos on the theme of impossible love. There are magnificent shots in the otherwise harsh environment of a dam construction site - you wouldn't normally think of pouring muddy water as "beautiful", but the cameraman makes magic with the two colours at his disposal. The characters are full-blown and, uncharacteristically for the era (remember, it's the 60s behind the Iron curtain) the antagonists are not painted in all black - instead they are human creatures with their own problems, fears and hopes. It was banned by the regime because of its earnest exposure of reality.
If you could watch only one Bulgarian movie then this is the one. Were it though available on DVD...
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