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The Father (2019)

Bashtata (original title)
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Vasil has just lost his long-time partner in life, his wife Valentina. When a woman at her funeral proclaims that the dead woman called her cell phone, Vasil seeks out the help of a ... See full summary »

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Kristina Grozeva (screenplay), Decho Taralezhkov (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Barnev ... Pavel
Ivan Savov ... Vasil
Tanya Shahova Tanya Shahova ... Lyubka
Hristofor Nedkov Hristofor Nedkov ... Doctor
Ivanka Bratoeva Ivanka Bratoeva ... Valentina
Margita Gosheva ... Kalina
Boyan Doychinov Boyan Doychinov ... Cop #1
Nikolay Todorov Nikolay Todorov ... Cop #2
Martina Peneva Martina Peneva ... Ruvi's Assistant #1
Petra Oplatkova Petra Oplatkova ... Ruvi's Assistant #2
Elena Mosholova Elena Mosholova ... Ruvi's Assistant #3
Maria Bakalova ... young Valentina
Hristo Namliev Hristo Namliev
Tatyana Dronzin-Bratoeva Tatyana Dronzin-Bratoeva
Julia Gradeva Julia Gradeva
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Vasil has just lost his long-time partner in life, his wife Valentina. When a woman at her funeral proclaims that the dead woman called her cell phone, Vasil seeks out the help of a well-known psychic in order to contact his wife. His son Pavel tries to bring him to his senses, but Vasil stubbornly insists on doing things his own way. "The Father" is an intimate family drama about the difficulties of connecting with those close to us. As the picture slowly gathers momentum, its story unfolds many carefully arranged absurd or comic situations. Written by Karlovy Vary Film Festival

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Comedy | Drama

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Official submission of Bulgaria for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. See more »

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Utterly Unpleasant But Realistic
1 January 2021 | by bobbygmtSee all my reviews

What a dire spectacle this was! The film succeeds in providing a glimpse into the grotesque Bulgarian reality of today. Ignorance, crude behaviour and manners, dishonesty and utter lack of empathy pervade every aspect of life; throughout the whole film you will not hear the words "please" or "thank you", as if they have been erased from the language. Harking back to the inherited values from 50 years of the "Socialist paradise" and thrown into acute focus, you see the disinterested police force, which nevertheless doesn't fail to be brutish, the corrupt doctors who defraud the health system, the unscrupulous new age mystic charlatans praying on the poor, the brainless "cultural workers" of the socialist age, the incompetent new "professionals" who can't turn in a piece of quality work....all this is convincingly bound together through the incessant lies of the son and the imbecilic delusions of the father. Cinematically, the film is sound, with good all round performances and unsparing cinematography, but as a Bulgarian myself I wish I had not seen it; it disheartens you so!


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27 August 2020 (Greece) See more »

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