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The Island (2011)

In this romantic drama featured at the Cannes Film Festival, a couple, Sophia and Daniel, find their passionate romance taking a shocking turn when they visit the Bulgarian seaside. As they... See full summary »


Kamen Kalev


Kamen Kalev
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Laetitia Casta ... Sophie
Thure Lindhardt ... Daneel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bertille Chabert ... Lou
Rousy Chanev Rousy Chanev ... Pavel
Olivier Claverie Olivier Claverie ... Simon
Alexander Elenkov Alexander Elenkov ... Bellboy
Alejandro Jodorowsky ... Jodo
John Laskowski John Laskowski ... Office Colleague
Elli Medeiros ... Jeanette
Monio Monev Monio Monev
Mihail Mutafov Mihail Mutafov ... Ilia
Silvia Petkova Silvia Petkova ... Reporter
Petar Popyordanov Petar Popyordanov
Loïc Risser Loïc Risser ... Office Employee
Teddy Ruseva Teddy Ruseva


In this romantic drama featured at the Cannes Film Festival, a couple, Sophia and Daniel, find their passionate romance taking a shocking turn when they visit the Bulgarian seaside. As they enter a mysterious Black Sea island, the couple finds their true passions challenged in a way they'd never expected.

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Drama | Romance

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Eccentric, extravagant and provocative
28 December 2011 | by f_451See all my reviews

Eccentric, extravagant and provocative, "The Island" is bound to be misunderstood and rashly dismissed as incoherent by the majority of its audience. In fact, the film is a bold experiment with story-telling, which proves a challenge for more than one dichotomy as well as for the persistent notion of the One and True (self/story/style, etc.). It dares our spectators' habits by en- and decoding its various parts as belonging to a certain genre or media, only to confuse and mix them in a way that denies us the option of choosing one over the other. As spectators, we might be irritated, disoriented or pointing triumphantly at the "clichés" and "references" of which the film swarms. But we might also be charmed by the ease with which it manages to provoke this instability: without being didactic or, even worse, moralistic. "The Island" is ironic, but not compromising (which is, indeed, a merit, especially regarding its second part); it is challenging but not aggressive. It is also intelligent and allows a reading at various levels, of which the media-reflective is certainly only one possibility.

"The Island" is neither the story of a person, who manages to escape his dull reality as a businessman only to find his true self, nor the kitschy over-ambitious project for a media grotesque – both readings suggested by some reviewers and critics. Instead, I would insist that exactly by bringing together all of its contradictory elements, styles and displaced allusions, does the film succeed in being coherent in the most important aspect: in systematically resisting in being categorizable, univocal or loyal (loyal to the single myth, the single genre, the single story, loyal to the notion that divisions between profane and sophisticated can still be incautiously applied, or loyal to the idea of one-dimensionality). By doing so, a much wider and fascinating perspective unfolds, one that might be described as challenging but also as ethical – as gentle as the moment in which the camera lingers on the contemplative face of a Big Brother star.

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Release Date:

10 October 2011 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

Wyspa See more »

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EUR1,500,000 (estimated)

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Color | Color (NTSC Color)

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2.35 : 1
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