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Godless (2016)

Bezbog (original title)
A nurse traffics the ID cards of demented patients on the black market of identity theft. Driven by easy cash, and an addiction to morphine, she struggles to keep tabs on her emotional void, and a growing fear of punishment.

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Ralitza Petrova

Writer:

Ralitza Petrova
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Cast

Credited cast:
Irena Ivanova Irena Ivanova ... Gana
Ventzislav Konstantinov Ventzislav Konstantinov ... Aleko
Ivan Nalbantov Ivan Nalbantov ... Yoan
Dimitar Petkov Dimitar Petkov ... The Judge
Alexandr Triffonov Alexandr Triffonov ... Pavel
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In a remote Bulgarian town, Gana looks after the elderly with dementia, while trafficking their ID cards on the black market of identity theft. At home, she provides for her jobless mother, with whom she hardly speaks. Her relationship with her car-mechanic boyfriend is no shelter for love either - with sexual attraction vanished, intimacy is reduced to an addiction to morphine, and sharing silence. Nothing seems to have consequences on Gana's conscience, even the incidental murder of a patient, who threatens to expose her fraudulent dealings. Things start to shake up, when Gana hears the music of Yoan, a new patient, whose ID card she has trafficked. A growing empathy for the old man unlocks the nurse's drugged-up conscience, and she is ready for change. But when Yoan is arrested for fraud, Gana learns that doing 'the right thing' comes at a high price. Written by Ralitza Petrova

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Bulgarian

Release Date:

9 March 2017 (Denmark) See more »

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Godless: Bezbog See more »

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Vratsa, Bulgaria See more »

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$6,763
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Op. 25, no. 5 by Pavel Chesnokov 'Salvatation Is Created'
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Dull, Slow and Depressing
28 October 2018 | by bobbygmtSee all my reviews

A dull, slow telling of a depressing, ugly story. The fact that it rings true to life does not make it any more palatable.

Like much of contemporary Bulgarian cinema the film dwells on issues dealing with the corrupt and cynical legacy of a post-communist state in which police, criminals and judiciary co-exist hand-in-glove to the detriment of ordinary people and society as a whole. There are however no redeeming features, no fulfilling outcome, just an ever darkening absence of innocence.

I am at a loss to understand the enthusiastic reception the film has enjoyed; was it the ever lingering long closeups of the main character, the expressionless acting, the uninspired cinematography or the slow linear storytelling that merited awards?

If you want a punchy, impactful and memorable film that deals with the same reality, I suggest you watch Glory (Slava) instead; it's dark but funny and refreshing in equal measures.


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