Viktoria (2016)

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Dreaming of the West, Boryana is determined not to have a child in communist Bulgaria. Nonetheless, her daughter Viktoria enters the world in 1979, curiously missing a belly button, and is declared the country's Baby of the Decade. Pampered by her mother state until the age of nine, Viktoria's decade of notoriety comes crashing down with the rest of European communism. But can political collapse and the hardship of new times finally bring Viktoria and her reluctant mother closer together?

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The film coheres and builds momentum, its striking images in the service of a poetic narrative.

Aug 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is writer-director Maya Vitkova's first feature and she deftly blends the mundane, the operatic and the bittersweet.

Jul 22, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Detroit News
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The symbolism is milked dry. It doesn't help that all of the actors, including Katerina Angelova as the young Viktoria and Irmena Chichikova as her hard-bitten mother, seem near-catatonic.

Jun 10, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Inventively surreal virtues mark Maya Vitkova's ambitious debut feature as the arrival of a bracing cinematic talent.

Jun 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Long on portentous symbolism and short on coherent storytelling.

May 12, 2016 | Full Review…

A powerful maternal melodrama spanning three generations of implacable women bound by blood, spilled milk and the tumult of a world in transition.

Apr 28, 2016 | Full Review…
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