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The Barrier

Bulgaria 1979
produced by
Boyana Film, Mladost Film
directed by Christo Christov
starring Innokenti Smoktunovsky, Vania Tzvetjiva, Yevgeniya Barakova, Maria Dimchevy, Ivan Kondov, Roumiania Parvanova, Panaiot Janev, Dimitar Georgiev, Konsantza Kirova, Gueorgui Stoyanov, Lyubomir Bachvarov, Dora Staeva
based on the novel by Pavel Vezhnov, music by Kiril Tsibulka

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Antoni (Innokenti Smoktunovsky) is a well-off composer in a creative slump - when he meets Dorotea (Vania Tzvetkova), a pretty and pretty eccentric young woman who has a very individual philosophy and claims she has parapsychological and paranormal gifts. He lets her stay with him, even though at first there is nothing sexual in their relationship. Eventually, Antoni learns that she has actually stayed at a mental institution for some time, and everything she tells about her past would suggest that her paranormal abilities exist only in her imagination - yet rather than listen to the voice of reason or to what even his friends tell him, Antoni lets her drag him into her fantasy world - which causes a creative surge he has been waiting for for years. Eventually, Dorotea claims that she can fly, and she is actually able to demonstrate it to Antoni, after which the couple has sex for the first time.

Antoni goes on a short trip shortly thereafter, and when he returns, he finds her dead. She has thrown herself off the roof of his appartment building (trying to fly perhaps?), and her death is ruled a suicide ... something Antoni cannot come to terms with.

 

Supernatural love story that is just too harmless to really generate much interest and too stuffed with dialogue to really entertain. Now the film could have been interesting juxtaposing Dorotea's fantasy world with her violent past, but as it is it simply lacks the teeth to milk its promising premise to its full potential, which results in a merely moderately interesting, moderately entertaining piece of cinema.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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