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Bulgarian Lovers (2003)

Los novios búlgaros (original title)
A straight-laced Spanish man falls in love with a young foreigner.

Director:

Eloy de la Iglesia

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Guillén Cuervo ... Daniel
Dritan Biba ... Kyril
Pepón Nieto ... Gildo
Roger Pera Roger Pera ... Lawyer
Anita Sinkovic Anita Sinkovic ... Kalina
Fernando Albizu ... Mogambo
Roman Luknár ... Simeón (as Román Lucknar)
Simón Andreu ... Padre de Daniel
Julia Martínez ... Madre de Daniel
Gracia Olayo ... Rosita
Emma Penella ... Remedios
Aure Sánchez Aure Sánchez ... Bambi
Shai Bercovich Shai Bercovich ... Vladimir
Labinot Nuredini Labinot Nuredini ... Yordan
Alberto Lozano Alberto Lozano ... Taxista
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Storyline

Daniel, a gay accountant approaching middle age who lives more than a comfortable existence, does not begrudge the large influx of immigrants, many refugees, coming to his homeland Spain in search of a better life, and they doing whatever they need to in their adopted home to eke out that better life. He also is willing to do his small part in that help if he can. He may be able to kill two birds with one stone when he meets one of those refugees, a younger Bulgarian named Kyril who is physically exactly his type. Kyril is up front that he is penniless and has a girlfriend, Kalina, back home in Bulgaria that he loves. Regardless, Daniel and Kyril begin a sexual relationship, it developing into love of different forms on both sides. While Daniel's love is more traditional, Kyril truly loves Daniel as much as a straight man can love another man, partly in all that Daniel can do and ends up doing for him, such as helping him with his immigration. Daniel has to decide how much he can ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Beware of love in radioactive packages"

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic nudity, strong sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Bulgarian

Release Date:

30 April 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Bulgarian Lovers See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,345, 2 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,440, 12 September 2004
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Daniel: I'd give my life for you.
Kyril: I'd give your life for me too.
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Besotted
31 March 2005 | by B24See all my reviews

Another of the reviews here has it right: the attraction of someone from a foreign and backwater culture very different from one's own to an affluent -- hence more powerful -- person whose own culture betrays elements of decadence is unlikely to portend anything good.

There is as well something of the whiff of upper class meets lower class here. I am reminded of Christopher Isherwood's opus in which that theme is played out in Berlin and Spain even as this one is. The writers of this novel and film are covering ground trod before. I do not find this questionable, and indeed I think there is a universal element at work here. That involves the age-old theme of someone with money and social standing besotted by a physically attractive and naive but appealing person who lacks those other attributes. Sometimes it works out, like Pygmalion, but most of the time it is doomed from the start.

The question here is whether the story or the film itself is any good. I thought it was something of a mixed bag. It seemed to me compelling in some parts, as in its vivid depiction of social and cultural distinctions or its clearly professional production values; but I felt less certain of the plot. Although the character of Daniel is completely open and obvious, and even Kyril is vaguely recognizable in both his person and background, the connections to third parties seem forced and improbable. It would have been a more successful film had it concentrated on developing internal conflict rather than hopping about Europe. Sometimes less is more.


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