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26 Ratings


Directed by Maya Vitkova
Bulgaria, Romania, 2014


Although determined not to have a child in Communist Bulgaria, Boryana gives birth to Viktoria, who despite being born with no umbilical cord, is proclaimed to be the baby of the decade. But political collapse and the hardships of the new time bind mother and daughter together.

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Viktoria Directed by Maya Vitkova
It’s long on portentous symbolism and short on coherent storytelling. [Vitkova is] trying to relate the whole history of her country, but her hollow, archetypal characters sag under the thematic load they’re made to bear.
May 12, 2016
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It’s as if “Viktoria” were filmed in the grammatical feminine; it’s one of the great recent films by a woman about women, and it casts Vitkova to the forefront of contemporary filmmakers. Her inventiveness, her confessional and technical audacity, her emotional and historical insight, the unity of her dramatic and aesthetic sensibilities, make the film a treasure of the current cinema.
April 29, 2016
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Running counterpoint to the beautifully drawn poetic sections, which are constructed around individual character’s dreams and emotional states, are scenes of a more materialist bent that document major social transformation. DP Krum Rodriguez masterfully shoots it all, registering the rewards of Rin Yamamura’s evocative production design.
April 29, 2016
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