Film, Reviews, The Revue, Video — November 23, 2015 at 7:00 am

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE – The Sinking of Sozopol – film review



director: Kostadin Bodev   

30th European Union Film Festival   

Monday, November 23, 2015, 8:45 pm   

ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street   

Be prepared for a soaking. This is one wet film.

There is rain, there is ocean, there is vodka. Ten bottles worth in fact.

When Chavo returns to the seaside village of his past, he stocks the fridge with alcohol and nothing else. This is a mission. With nothing left, the plan is to drink and leave to join the others. Is there life after Vodka?

What seems like straight forward, gloom and doom Euro fare, turns out to be a time slipping exercise that introduce dead characters and crucial plot lines, which only come together at the very end.

A very bleak, gray, stormy trudge, “The Sinking of Sozonol” is a visual ordeal that tweaks curiosity with every little reveal. Kinda like life itself. Known for documentary work, Bodev’s foray into fiction borrows the awful truth baggage approach from his previous works, yielding an interesting hybrid feel to cinema.


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