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 ...
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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
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No good deed goes unpunished
Slava (2016) is a Bulgarian film shown in the U.S. with the translated title Glory. It was co-written and co-directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov.
The movie stars Stefan Denolyubov as Tzanko Petrov. Tzanko is a low-level rail worker. He stumbles upon a huge amount of cash, and honorably turns it over to the state railway.
That's when his problem starts. The railway ministry is under attack because of the "carriage problem," and also the theft of diesel oil by its employees. The good news about an honest workman is just what they need to put a positive light on their agency.
That's where Julia Staykova comes in. (Portrayed superbly by Margita Gosheva.) Staykova is head of railway public relations. She seizes upon this opportunity to use Tzanko to advance the agency and her own career. What happens to him is not her concern.
Actually, Tzanko is the harder part. He's a humble man with a serious speech defect. He doesn't want to be a hero, and he's uncomfortable about being pulled out of his quiet existence. Denolyubov portrays him very well.
Although the part of Tzanko is harder, this is really Staykova's movie. She knows everyone, cares about no one, and does whatever it takes to accomplish what she wants. Her personal life keeps getting in the way of her work. (Of course, you could reverse this sentence, but I wrote it they way I think Staykova would look at it.)
Margita Gosheva, who plays Staykova, is a famous actor in Bulgaria. She's extremely talented, and she makes the movie work.
This film worked well on the small screen. It has a strong IMDb rating of 7.6. I thought it was better than that, and rated it 9.
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