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6 Days on the Croisette
3.5
341 Ratings

Avé

Directed by Konstantin Bojanov
Bulgaria, 2011
Drama, Romance
  • Bulgarian
  • English
6 Days on the Croisette

Synopsis

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.

Our take

Our final stop on the Croisette brings us to a road movie of two lost youths on a road trip across Bulgaria beset by romance and despair. Cannes’ Critics’ Week has presented some of cinema’s finest debut and second films over the years, and this beautiful portrait of adrift youths is no exception.

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Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2011

Istanbul International Film Festival

2012

Göteborg Film Festival

2012

Hamburg Film Festival

2011 | Winner: Young Talent Award

What are people saying?

  • maninthemirror's rating of the film Avé

    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!

  • Matt Richards's rating of the film Avé

    Two strangers hiding guilt and sorrow meet on the road whilst hitch-hiking. They then begin a journey together towards facing their own truths. It's a low-budget, simple story told well. 3 stars

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Avé

    Strange and quite depressing road movie. The relation between the two main characters grows very slowly, as she keeps lying about everything. She is both beautiful, mysterious, annoying, childish at the same time. I was curious to see what bulgarian cinema would be like. It has its own atmosphere, do not compare it to the neighbours.

  • Ludovic72's rating of the film Avé

    Ce road movie bulgare empreint d'une grande mélancolie ne manque vraiment pas de charme. Les situations, les personnages et les acteurs sonnent juste, les paysages brumeux et les intérieurs décatis participent bien à l'atmosphère languissante et désabusée de l'histoire. Dans ce monde en crise, la jeunesse se cherche dans la fuite, à défaut de vraies perspectives. La mise en scène reste trop conventionnelle. (3,5 / 5)

  • Cid Medeiros's rating of the film Avé

    It didn't quite hit me even though I enjoyed the sober grey-blue mood and the evolving depressive entanglement between characters and their environment. Also nice composition to look at, formed with odd cars and open cloudy rural landscapes in which this destructive romanticism inhabited by the characters could find its echo.

  • Henk Lamers's rating of the film Avé

    Final score: 7. Storyline: 8, Originality: 7, Cinematography: 8, Involvement: 7, Sound: 7, Editing: 7, Educational: 8, Title design: 7, Acting: 8, Interesting: 8, Unusual: 8, Exciting: 7, Superior: 7

  • Quattro's rating of the film Avé

    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 as a main character a pretty face like that.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Avé

    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... www.cinefiches.com

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