Glory

| September 17, 2017

When Tzanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov), a stuttering, scraggly-bearded railroad linesman discovers millions of dollars on some rural train tracks, he decides to turn the entire amount over to the police.  The authorities, ever grateful, reward him with a televised ceremony and a new wristwatch.  But when the glitzy new watch stops working, Julia Staikova (Margita Gosheva), the workaholic PR head of the corrupt Ministry of Transport, can’t seem to find Petrov’s old watch, a family heirloom.  And, as Tzanko’s humble reality collides with a bureaucracy determined to use his “heroism” to distract the public from an emerging scandal, he desperately struggles to recover both his old watch and his dignity in this Capra-esque tale from the award-winning directors of The Lesson.

Glory is yet another great film by Film Movement that has you cheering or scowling but deeply engrossed in whatever the subject matter may be.  I simply love their movies.

Glory is a great story that shows the humanity of man and the inhumanity to man. Tzanko has to get his watch back, because his father had inscribed such a heartfelt sentiment on it. Julia isn’t too concerned about giving his watch back, after she can’t find it initially. She is in the throes of IVF procedure, as well as trying to please her bosses. She just doesn’t have time. But when she gives Tzanko just any old watch, the mission is on for him to get his watch by any means necessary.

While Tzanko is soft spoken, he is approached by a reporter who brings out the vindictiveness in him, because Tzanko finds that it is a surefire way for him to get Julia’s attention. He goes on air, spilling secrets about the transport system, and this leads to dire consequences for him. However, in the end, it really throws Julia for a loop, as well.

Frank Capra by way of Bulgaria, Glory, the third collaboration between directors  Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (Jump, The Lesson) starts with a simple premise, but deepens into a portrait of a bureaucracy driven with cynicism, and a government happy to swallow its most idealistic citizens whole.

Glory is available September 19 on DVD. For more information, visit http://www.filmmovement.com/libraries/index.asp?MerchandiseID=538

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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