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directed by Maya Vitkova
Bulgaria/Romania 2014


Born without a navel and unwanted by her mother Boyrana (Irmena Chichikova, I AM YOU) who imagines a better life in the West, Viktoria (Daria Vitkova, and later Kalina Vitkova) finds wide acceptance at the height of Bulgaria's communist regime as the "Socialist Baby of the Decade" (her birth defect signifying a lack of connection to the past and a possible evolutionary advancement). Describing her indifferent mother and doting father (Dimo Dimov) as "those people" to her godfather president Todor Zhivkov (Georgi Spasov) - to whom she has a twenty-four hour direct line in her bedroom - Viktoria grows up amidst heaps of unearned praise as she dominates her schoolmates, picks on crippled Stefcho (Simeon Tsolov and later Ivo Karamanski) who was born the same day as herself and held up as an example of how socialism is just to all, or accompanies the state children's choir by banging on random notes on a piano. At the end of her first decade, democracy takes over and Viktoria is in for a rude awakening (with the discovery of sexual difference supplanted by her discovery of belly-buttons). Instead of a comeuppance from those she tormented, she is simply forgotten, cutting the cord with Zhivkov and feeling her mother's lack of love for her more than ever. "Reborn" in some ways after falling from a tree while showboating for her schoolmates, Viktoria learns to live without her mother's affection while trying to understand her by forming a loving relationship with her grandmother (Mariana Krumova), a woman incapable of mothering from Boryana's perspective, and attempting to gain her own foothold in the world.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 18 December 2015 (Bulgaria)

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DVD Review: Big World Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Big World Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 2:35:35

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.7 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Bulgarian Dolby Digital 5.1; Bulgarian Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Big World Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
� Trailer (1:57)
� Previews for 'In Bloom' and 'It's All So Quiet'

DVD Release Date: November 8th, 2016

Chapters 20





Big World Picture's dual-layer DVD features an attractive progressive, anamorphic encode of an often deliberately drab-looking film. As with other Big World releases, the 2.0 track is the default track with the 5.1 available from the special features menu. The English subtitles are burned into the image. The only extras are the film's trailer and previews for two other titles.

  - Eric Cotenas

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