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The director Stephan Komandarev has driven for around 12 000 km in Sofia by night seeking real life material and experience for the movie. Initially he noticed three types of vehicles by night - cabs, police cars and ambulances. That gives him an idea for a trilogy with which he wants to make a "diagnosis" of the contemporary Bulgarian society. See more »
A mixture of sad and funny thrown into the (very) bleak reality of Bulgarian life in Sofia. We see the life in the city through the eyes of the taxi drivers and the Passengers where each character brings something different to the mix. The range of people varies so we get to see this reality from different angles.
The direction and the actors are good and desptie the different, seemingly unconnected stories, there is a general feel of closure.
Not all the stories are even in their quality and the ballance of optimism and pessimism leans clearly towards the latter making it a harder watch. I also didn't agree with some of the points made by the director where singular occurrences of unjustice were the exclusive reason for a tragic effect. People have heart attack as a consequence of a stressfull office work. Should we blame the (horrible) boss or the person himself that gave too much for the work? However, this doesn't make the boss any better and in Directions these are sleazy, worst kind of people, that the director has shown well.
To sum it up, Directions is a good movie that show the hard life of ordinary people.
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