The dreamlike drama revolves around Philip, who has it all: a successful career and a beautiful girlfriend. However, he is still taking care of Victor, his sensitive brother, years after ...
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The dreamlike drama revolves around Philip, who has it all: a successful career and a beautiful girlfriend. However, he is still taking care of Victor, his sensitive brother, years after the death of their parents. Emma is slightly autistic, fallen out of time. At night, she crafts a miniature model of a mystical garden in the back of her flower shop, where Victor works. Emma lives in spheres completely beyond Philip's reach. Through her garden, Philip realizes that he never felt so real until he met this otherworldly girl, he's falling in love with. His life is transforming - until Victor confesses that he, too, is in love with Emma. Torn between the love for his brother and for Emma, Philip feels the pain of loss for the first time.Written by
In the back-room of her flower shop, Emma is constructing a model of a secret garden. At first, no one takes her seriously, but gradually all the characters get obsessed by this creative process. The reality of the garden takes over their lives.
That's one of the very few Bulgarian films I can say I truly enjoyed. It's dreamlike and strange and blurred and beautiful. Some of the scenes are like works of art. The plot revolves around two brothers and the trauma left in them by losing their parents as children. The elder brother is ruthless and brutal in his work for the corrupt mayor, the younger brother is "vulnerable" meaning spoiled by his overprotective big brother. The brothers get a reality check when they meet the super weird Emma. I don't think the film presents Emma well enough, she's left a mystery but I think the one scene where she speaks is a bit weird. The voice should have been the dream-like voice describing the rules, not her own. But in any case. The switching between the mystery garden and the park is a work of art. Also, I loved that the film presents Sofia as a really beautiful and mysterious place. Sofia is a great city with thousands of years of history which is mostly hated and not appreciated by its inhabitants. And most Bulgarian movies also don't do it justice. So maybe this is what really caught me - just how beautiful Sofia is in this movie. Thanks to its creators and I hope one day we see it in Cinemax 2 where it belongs. Really a piece of art.
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