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Bulgarian Lovers (2003)

Los novios búlgaros (original title)
A straight-laced Spanish man falls in love with a young foreigner.

Director:

Eloy de la Iglesia

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Guillén Cuervo ... Daniel
Dritan Biba ... Kyril
Pepón Nieto ... Gildo
Roger Pera Roger Pera ... Lawyer
Anita Sinkovic Anita Sinkovic ... Kalina
Fernando Albizu ... Mogambo
Roman Luknár ... Simeon (as Román Lucknar)
Simón Andreu ... Padre de Daniel
Julia Martínez ... Madre de Daniel
Gracia Olayo ... Rosita
Emma Penella ... Remedios
Aure Sánchez Aure Sánchez ... Bambi
Shai Bercovich Shai Bercovich ... Vladimir
Alberto Lozano Alberto Lozano ... Taxista
Óscar Iniesta Óscar Iniesta ... Emil
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Storyline

A straight-laced Spanish man falls in love with a young foreigner.

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Taglines:

Beware of love in radioactive packages"

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic nudity, strong sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Bulgarian | English

Release Date:

30 April 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Bulgarian Lovers See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,345, 2 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,440, 12 September 2004
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Daniel: I'd give my life for you.
Kyril: I'd give your life for me too.
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Besotted
31 March 2005 | by B24See all my reviews

Another of the reviews here has it right: the attraction of someone from a foreign and backwater culture very different from one's own to an affluent -- hence more powerful -- person whose own culture betrays elements of decadence is unlikely to portend anything good.

There is as well something of the whiff of upper class meets lower class here. I am reminded of Christopher Isherwood's opus in which that theme is played out in Berlin and Spain even as this one is. The writers of this novel and film are covering ground trod before. I do not find this questionable, and indeed I think there is a universal element at work here. That involves the age-old theme of someone with money and social standing besotted by a physically attractive and naive but appealing person who lacks those other attributes. Sometimes it works out, like Pygmalion, but most of the time it is doomed from the start.

The question here is whether the story or the film itself is any good. I thought it was something of a mixed bag. It seemed to me compelling in some parts, as in its vivid depiction of social and cultural distinctions or its clearly professional production values; but I felt less certain of the plot. Although the character of Daniel is completely open and obvious, and even Kyril is vaguely recognizable in both his person and background, the connections to third parties seem forced and improbable. It would have been a more successful film had it concentrated on developing internal conflict rather than hopping about Europe. Sometimes less is more.


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