Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade (The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner) (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade (The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner) (2008)

Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade (The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner) (2008)

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A search for both family and cultural identity takes place on a tandem bicycle in this emotional drama from Bulgarian filmmaker Stefan Komandarev. Alexander was born in 1975, when Bulgaria was being ruled by an oppressive political regime that encouraged distrust among its people. Alexander (Carlo Ljubek) was raised in an extended family, with his parents Vasko (Hristo Mutafchiev) and Yana (Ana Papadopulu) sharing their home with Yana's folks Bai Dan (Miki Manojlovic) and Sladka (Lyudmila Cheshmedzhieva). Free-spirited Bai Dan shows little respect for Bulgaria's leadership, and Vasko is approached by authorities who want him to file intelligence reports on his father-in-law. Afraid of where this could lead, Vasko brings together the family and flees the country, making their way to Germany after a stay in a refugee camp. When Alexander, now in his early thirties, is involved in an auto accident with his parents in the car, he survives but they perish. Alexander's memory of his past has been shattered by his injuries, so Bai Dan proposes a journey to lift his spirits and refresh his mind. Bai Dan gets a two-seater bicycle and together they set out to travel from Germany to Bulgaria strictly by pedal power. Adapted from a novel by Ilija Trojanov, Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakde (aka The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner) was voted best Bulgarian feature presentation at the 2008 Sofia Film Festival.

Cast

Carlo Ljubek
as Alexander
Nikolai Urumov
as State security agent
Vasil Vasilev-Zueka
as Ivo Chikagoto
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Critic Reviews for Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade (The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Neither the sweeping European vistas nor the masterful Serbian actor Miki Manojlovic can save this Bulgarian road movie from its treacly sentimentality.

November 18, 2011 | Full Review…

It's lovable in a way that's sometimes goofy, sometimes sad, always optimistic.

November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

You know that the two are going to have adventures and bond, but watching them do this is enjoyable. The gorgeous scenery along the way doesn't hurt, either.

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

full review at Movies for the Masses

March 1, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade (The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner)

½

The world is big, was a tremendous Bulgarian movie. I have not seen much of Bulgarians movie but this one was really enjoyable.Excellent plot which was filled with necessary details,flashbacks about these families past.The acting was amazing, beautiful scenery, specially the scenes where the grandfather and grandson was riding in the Alps.They showed how life was compared to a game of backgammon. The dice will be the destiny and you decided how to move your checkers in order to win. If this movie succeed in being an Oscar nominee it will be a honor for the Bulgarians because even if it doesn't win, Bulgarians showed here that they can also produced good movies.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

½

Absolutely wonderful film about a young man who survives a car wreck that left both his parents dead, only to suffer from complete retroactive amnesia. His grandfather arrives from Bulgaria to take him home, and collect his memories along the way in hopes of helping him remember who he is. A beautiful, warm hearted tale, reminiscent of the work of Giuseppe Tornatore, "The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner" is a heartfelt and beguiling emotional journey.

Matthew Lucas
Matthew Lucas

Super Reviewer

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