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Stefan Denolyubov ... Tzanko Petrov
Margita Gosheva ... Julia Staykova
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Nadejda Bratoeva Nadejda Bratoeva
Georgi Damianov Georgi Damianov
Filip Denolyubov Filip Denolyubov
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Boyan Doychinov Boyan Doychinov
Stanislav Ganchev Stanislav Ganchev ... Misho
Petar Genkov Petar Genkov
Kelvin Harrison Kelvin Harrison
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A reclusive Bulgarian railway trackman finds millions of cash spilled on the tracks and turns them in to the police. When the transport ministry's head of PR Julia Staikova decides to use him as a diversion from a corruption scandal, his simple life falls victim to the grinder of bureaucracy. Written by John Detch

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Glory See more »

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$3,716, 14 April 2017, Limited Release

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$18,415, 14 July 2017
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Outstanding political and personal drama from Bulgaria
2 April 2018 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Glory" (2016 release from Bulgaria; 101 min.) brings the story of Tsanko. As the movie opens, Tsanko is inspecting the train tracks and along the way he falls upon a huge amount of cash laying on the tracks. He calls the police to report it. Meanwhile the Transport Ministry PR team jumps into action, eager to create a diversion from the steady stream of bad news the Ministry has been suffering. Tsanko, who has a bad stutter in his speech, is invited to Sofia by the Ministry to collect an award (a watch). At the last second, the PR manager takes off his current watch, a nice "Glory" engraved by his dad "To my son Tsanko". In the chaos of the award ceremony and subsequent reception, Tsanko doesn't get back his heirloom, so the next day he s desperate to reclaim his watch. Will he be able to retrieve it? To tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest from co-writers and co-directors Kristina Grozave and Petar Valchanov, who previoulsy brought us "The Lesson". Here they create chilling, even Capra-reminding, movie about how one innocent person can become the object of a machnery (be it the state, the journalists, you name it), and the devastating effects it can cause. Stefan Denolvubov's performance as Tsanko will break your heart. All he wants is to get his old watch back, possibly the most precious of his (few) possessions. Margita Gosheva as the calculating Ministry PR manager is equally impressive, but of course hers is a very unlikable role. I must admit that in the initial third of the move, I was wondering where all if this was going. If you also start worrying, I can rest assure you that the last 45 min. of the movie will leave you astonished (I shan't say more!).

I don't think this movie ever got a US theatrical release, but thankfully Film Movement picked it up as part of its Movie of the Month Club releases, and that is how I finally got to see this. If you are in the mood for a top-notch foreign movie that takes a sharp look at the innocence of one person coming in direct conflict with a larger political machinery that will leave you shaking your head in despair, I strongly suggest that you seek out "Glory". I'm quite certain that you will agree.


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