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Western (2017)

Unrated | | Drama | 24 August 2017 (Germany)
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A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside. The foreign land awakens the men's sense of adventure, but they are also confronted ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Meinhard
... Vincent
Syuleyman Alilov Letifov ... Adrian
Veneta Fragnova ... Veneta
Viara Borisova ... Vyara (as Vyara Borisova)
Kevin Bashev ... Wanko
Aliosman Deliev ... Mancho
Momchil Sinanov ... Manchos Großvater
Robert Gawellek ... Tommy
Jens Klein ... Jens
Waldemar Zang ... Boris
Detlef Schaich ... Helmuth
Sascha Diener ... Marcel
Enrico Mantei ... Wolle
Gulzet Zyulfov ... Gulzet
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A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside. The foreign land awakens the men's sense of adventure, but they are also confronted with their own prejudice and mistrust due to the language barrier and cultural differences. The stage is quickly set for a showdown when men begin to compete for recognition and favor from the local villagers.

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€1,800,000 (estimated)

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$37,623, 17 May 2018
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Bulgaria is south and east of Germany
16 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

Western (2017) is a German film written and directed by Valeska Grisebach. The title is symbolic, in the sense that, for Germans, Bulgaria is like our "Wild West."

A group of German workers come to Bulgaria for a construction project. It's in a remote rural area, so there's not much opportunity to mix with the Bulgarians. However, one worker, Meinhard (Meinhard Neumann) goes into town and begins to meet the local people, and even to try to learn Bulgarian.

Meinhard makes friends, and obtains the use of a horse. (The horse turns out to be a key plot element.)

The basic outline of the plot isn't unique, but the way it plays out is interesting and unpredictable.

We saw this movie at the wonderful Dryden Theatre in Rochester's George Eastman Museum. It will work well enough on the small screen. It's not a masterpiece, but it's definitely worth seeing.

P.S. The Dryden staffer who introduced the movie pointed out that the language barrier is immense. (German and Bulgarian come from Germanic and Slavic roots, respectively.) We, the audience, get English subtitles whether the speaker is German or Bulgarian. We know what's happening, but often the persons involved do not.


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