While hitchhiking to get to his friend’s funeral, Kamen meets Avé, a 17-year-old runaway girl who is looking for her drug addict brother. With each ride they hitch, Avé invents new identities for them, and gets Kamen deeper and deeper into trouble.
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Everything in this film worked for me - the actors, the setting, the memories, the music, the camera work, the dirty city, the scattered countryside, the last song by Catherine Feeny. The fact that there were over 100 people at the U.S. premiere was also nice. After 20 years of random attempts, Bulgarian cinema is finally waking up!
Nothing particularly brilliant, mostly forgettable actually, but I was in the right mood and I got exactly what I expected. It has its lame moments (I admit I skipped a couple whiny scenes in Ruse, and the ending didn't conclude anything at all) but some beautiful ones, too: I really liked how their relationship started out, and evolved. And – well, it always helps having a pretty face like that as a main character.
Une première oeuvre bulgare plutôt attachante, dépositaire d'une diffuse mélancolie existentielle, sous forme de road-movie débonnaire qui permet de croquer quelques personnages épars en bordure de leurs déficiences relationnelles, à travers les confrontations souvent heurtées avec notre singulier couple en persistances errance / déshérence, vers des lendemains désenchantés...