Viktoria
Bulgaria (BG), 2014, 155 minutes
Viktoria Synopsis

Dreaming of the West, Boryana is determined not to have a child in communist Bulgaria. Nonetheless, her daughter Viktoria enters the world in 1979, curiously missing a belly button, and is declared the country’s Baby of the Decade. Pampered by her mother state until the age of nine, Viktoria’s decade of notoriety comes crashing down with the rest of European communism. But can political collapse and the hardship of new times finally bring Viktoria and her reluctant mother closer together

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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
I found this a quite engrossing film debut from director Maya Vitkova and clearly so, because it tackles discord, anger and indifference towards your very kin and it's a cycle... more
I found this a quite engrossing film debut from director Maya Vitkova and clearly so, because it tackles discord, anger and indifference towards your very kin and it's a cycle that repeats itself: from grandmother, to daughter to granddaughter. The very idea of Viktoria having been born with no belly button is clear in itself that there is no sense of connection between Boryana and the baby on her womb, an offspring she strongliy resents, doing all the bad things like smoking and drinking alcohol just to stop the pregnancy.  Her child being unwanted by her has a strong reason and it roots back to mother-daughter relationship.  Noticeable that Boryana's scenes with her mother were mostly without dialogues and yet viewers can sense an intense tension between the two. This ripples down to the child Viktoria when she was born, who ironically receives special treatment from the government for her special condition.  The relationship between Boryana and the doctor who's the father of Viktoria was also quite queer and depressing. Cinematography was commendable and Irmena Chichikova as Boryana was a scene-stealer with facial attributes that suited well to the character. Those unmistakable large eyebags, sunken cheeks and with an expression that shows a woman unhappy with her life seems to gel well altogether.  This is a movie that is worth watching as it will make viewers pay homage to their mother, reconnect with them and be able to reassess their own relationships with the woman who brought them into this world.  
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Something so surreal with this movie and there are a couple of scenes where Boryana is seen walking amidst a field of tall grasses when she could've just normally walked... more
Something so surreal with this movie and there are a couple of scenes where Boryana is seen walking amidst a field of tall grasses when she could've just normally walked along some pathway or road. Just two of the scenes I've noticed was that scene where her water broke and upon the death of her mother, with her face so grim and kinda scary with too obvious eyebags and looks like she didn't slept for days.  This film tackles being a woman, a daughter, a mother and a human person, all together while touching on the topic of socialism and democracy in Bulgaria.  Very interesting character study of Boryana as well as of the daughter Viktoria. And yet while this film is titled as the daughter's name, it was the mother Boryana who seems to catch the fancy of viewers.  Glum, deplorable, kinda depressed, doesn't want the child she's bearing and very repulsive to her mother. These and her other quirks that somehow give a queer sense of humor, like that scene where she's chewing on gum and forming balloons out of it and then it gets stuck in her nose, actuations like these make you feel irritable and yet will endear viewers to her. This multi-awarded film is worth checking out!
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