Bulgarian Lovers - Unrated Edition
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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this movie is great, it's funny and it has sex. its a movie i watched along time ago and when i found it again at such a good price i was very happy. Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by Simon
In contrary to other spanish gay theme movies, "Bulgarian lovers" will not find its place in my dvdteque. Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Pitbulltje
There are lots of movies about women making bad decisions about "bad boys". I found this approach totally believable and totally enjoyable. Read morePublished on August 28, 2010 by R. Gawlitta
In my opinion this movie is a load of bollocks...for starters it is a historical fact that bulgarians are one of the most if not the most accepting country in respect to other... Read morePublished on January 21, 2007 by J. Mihailov
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