DVD - 2016 | Bulgarian
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Follows three generations of women in the final years of the People's Republic of Bulgaria and the early years of the new governement. Dreaming of the west, Boryana, determined not to have a child in a communist Bulgaria is blessed with a child. The child, Viktoria, is missing a belly button and declared the country's Baby of the Decade. Boryana takes care of Viktoria until she's 9, and then they push away from each other. Can they be brought together in this hard time?
Publisher: [Brooklyn, New York] :, Big World Pictures,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781567305203
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (155 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Mar 31, 2018

Based on a true story about the lives and dreams of Bulgarians through the eyes of a grandmother, mother and daughter from 1979 to 1994’ish. The film began 10 years from the collapse of communism with prodigious newsreels of world figures as Reagan. Khrushchev, Thatcher, Mother Theresa, Ayatollah Khomeini, Arafat, Sadat… before introduction of a young wife who yearned to escape to the West, destination America via Venice.
From “The New Yorker“: Apr 29, 2016 - The Bulgarian film “Viktoria,” directed by Maya Vitkova, is a wildly imaginative yet fiercely precise, grandly political yet bracingly intimate report on being a woman in Bulgaria at a time when politics and private life were conspicuously intertwined.

Jun 18, 2017

There are many movies that depict the fall of communism and totaliterian regimes in old Eastern Block. Vitkova is so tallented to show the drama of female charcters from the inside in sensitive and poetic style. Each scene could be a standalone imagiery and really enjoyable to watch.

Jun 11, 2017

very good movie about the lives of 3 generations of women in communist Bulgaria.
Richard Brody wrote an excellent review in The New Yorker

Jan 28, 2017

I shouldn't have rated this as I gave up after watching a man impregnate his wife without her consent followed by three minutes of close-ups of her breast. But those 5 minutes were enough.

Nov 29, 2016

This debut film by Bulgarian director Maya Vitkova tells the story of three generations of women during the time of Communism, the fall of Communism and what comes afterwards. The youngest of the three was born without a naval and for this she was celebrated by the national leader as something special. There is not much conversation in this film, which seems to be quite morose. I am not going to claim that I understand much of what was going on, but I am somewhat certain that the film is a statement about the late 20th century condition of Bulgaria and it people (mostly concentrating on the three women).


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