Tsanko Petrov, a railroad worker finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the entire amount over to the police, and the state rewards him with a new wristwatch, but soon the new watch stops working.
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Sly humour, well developed characters and a taut story-line elevate this brilliant, satirical tale of the news machine and all of it's failings. Camera work is at times a little too rough but always where it needs to be. 4 stars
Digital. Nothing new: a socio-realist drama/comedy about an ex-socialist society, Bulgarian in this case, filmed in a hand camera realistic style, that has become viral in the new Eastern Europe cinema. Again, the trust in its magnificent actors.
Comes across as a rather too obvious attempt to mirror the success of the similarly blunt social realist dramas coming out of Romania in the last few years. A good twenty (or maybe even thirty) minutes too long, and the ending was awful. Excruciatingly effective though.
Sous un acidulé humour pétulant et bon enfant, une violente diatribe contre la profonde déliquescence des valeurs morales d'une société percluse par les délictueuses compromissions, les magouilles organisées et les prébendes illicites, le tout orchestré par une permanente prévarication depuis le simple ouvrier jusqu'aux plus hautes sphères politiques et sociales. www.cinefiches.com