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Bulgarian Lovers - Unrated Edition (2004)

 Dritan Biba, Pepón Nieto   Fernando Guillén Cuervo , Eloy de la Iglesia  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors:  Dritan Biba, Pepón Nieto   Fernando Guillén Cuervo
  • Directors: Eloy de la Iglesia
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Bulgarian, English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002TT08W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bulgarian Lovers - Unrated Edition" on IMDb

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After a 16 year absence, Spanish filmmaker Eloy de la Iglesia returns with an entertaining drama/thriller about the tangled love affair between Daniel, a 40 year-old wealthy Madrid lawyer, and Kyril, a younger ôstraightö Bulgarian man. Despite his friendÆs misgivings, Daniel moves Kyril into his home. The younger manÆs shady business dealings drag Daniel into a world of stolen cars, drugs, and the Spanish Mafia. Things get even worse when KyrilÆs girlfriend arrives on the scene. Bulgarian Lovers is a compelling, sexy drama about one manÆs lust leading him into a shady underworld.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Search of Real Feelings October 31, 2004
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I found this film totally satisfying and enjoyable. As a comedy, some will find its tragic themes not truly -- meaning painfully - dealt with.

A gay, middle aged "respectable" and politically well connected Spanish "consultant" falls in love with a virile Bulgarian immigrant, and soon falls in with his lover's shady company. The older man seems to wish to escape his trivial emotional life and "queenie" friends; crime feels "real" to him. He wants his love of Kyril to overpower all other reality, even if Kyril cannot love him. He becomes "completely" Bulgarian, and goes to Kyril's wedding in Bulgaria, where he rejects seduction by Kyril's handsome younger male cousin.

The actors and the acting are attractive. The story is fast-paced and complicated, and tautly directed. There is much to look at, and to think about.

I have not been able to convey the film's wonderful comic spirit, as I have focused on its "deeper" themes. Regardless, this is a sweet comedy about true love.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing enough but severely flawed March 16, 2006
By Kardius
Based on a popular, but not very good, Spanish novel, this film tells the story of a Spanish middle-aged man's relationship with a hunky Bulgarian who's after his money and has a blonde girlfriend/wife. Unfortunately, the film is not as smart or witty as its makers seem to think it is. The filmmakers didn't seem to have a clear idea of what they wanted to do: a dark comedy, a sex romp, a witty commentary on Spanish gay male culture, a humorous gay melodrama a la Almodovar. Instead, you get a little bit of everything and most of it is not done particularly well.

Still, the two leads are attractive in their own ways, the plot, while preposterous and unnecessarily convoluted, is amusing, and there's more male frontal nudity than Americans are used to (although the film is far from being as graphic as the cover suggests and the few sex scenes are quite tame). And the stereotypes of the queeny middle-aged men and the hunky foreigners, while somewhat crude and even potentially offensive, are actually quite refreshing when compared to the boringly PC American gay movies.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Gay Spanish Film that is All Parade and No Circus October 24, 2004
BULGARIAN LOVERS, as a title, is a misnomer. Based on the successful novel by Eduardo Mendicutti and developed into a screenplay by director Eloy de la Iglesia and star actor Fernando Guillen Cuervo, this story is a combination of successful tales from many movies that in this particular film simply doesn't work.

Daniel (Fernando Guillen Cuervo) is a successful, closeted gay architect in Madrid whose only concession to his sexuality is his membership in a group of outrageous queens who stage underground parties, looking for love in all the wrong places. An influx of Eastern European men into Madrid looking for jobs and money to send home includes a group of hunky Bulgarians who offer meaningless sex to the queens in return for money. Daniel attaches himself to one of these handsome but shady characters Kyril (Dritan Biba) and soon is supplying Kyril with a roof over his/their head, money, gifts, and involvement in Kyril's criminal activities all in return for passionate sex.

The story of course is all about what we will do for 'love', and we can see from the beginning that Daniel will cross all barriers - even accompanying Kyril to Bulgaria for his marriage to his girlfriend Kalina (Anita Sinkovic) and the subsequent involvement with Kyril's mob activities. How Daniel extricates himself from Kyril's sexual hold and finds his way back to Madrid forms the caper-like plot that completes the movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, tightly plotted Euro-noir May 1, 2008
By Boiardo
A film noir in lgbt disguise, this movie puts together the appropriate elements--rueful narrator, love betrayed, clues to the conclusion--in fast-paced and clever manner. I found myself laughing out loud; the film deserves several viewings. Why the opening cigarette lighter? Why details as to nodding one's head for 'no'? Close watching will tell in this tight and taut, elegant Euro-mystery. While the in-jokes may be most available to those who understand Spanish, the naked stud can be enjoyed by all. If you like Hitchcock's classic, Strangers on a Train, this neo-noir will pick you up and leave you laughing, hitting the play button once again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not 4 Straightlaced April 17, 2006
Eloy de la Iglesia returns behind the camera after more than a decade to direct this 2002 flick "Bulgarian Lovers." It is a Spanish production, despite the title, and follows a love triangle with Daniel played by Fernando Guillen Cuervo as a mild mannered attorney who cruises gay bars and picks up the hungry Kyril played by Dritan Biba. Kyril speaks about his fiancee back in Bulgaria and is easily able to split his gay relationship with Daniel who enables him to survive and acquire legal residency papers to his loyalties to his fiancee. The picture heats up, as the thugs Kyril hangs out with appear to be either drug dealers or terrorists. Kyril utilizes Daniel as one of his resources. Daniel assists in bringing Kyril's fiancee to Spain and then accompanies him back for his marriage in Bulgaria. While the obvious sensational elements of nudity are there, the film surpasses that by being an interesting character study on the what necessity forces individuals to do and how love and loyalty must sometimes be compromised for the sake of survival. It is an interesting film, but certainly not for the straightlaced! Enjoy!
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