Mud (Кал) (1997)

kalA buddy of mine from Russia referred me to Mud (Кал). Mud is a short Bulgarian film released in 1997. Despite being made quite recently, the director decided to use a color filter that presents the whole film in dim colors.  It focuses on the short (but pure) friendship between a foreign tourist and a gypsy boy. The foreigner witnesses the young boy robbing a store and he starts chasing him…

When the chase is over and the boy is caught, in his struggle to get away he manages to seriously injure the foreign tourist…

The movie is very realistic – but at the same time I feel the director could have conveyed his message in less time that 24 minutes. There is some symbolism – mainly a teddy bear that shows that despite the harsh live the gypsy boy is still a kid and birds that are used as a metaphor of death.

The entire movie could be seen online absolutely for free at its IMDB page. Leave me comments with your impressions when you see it.

Plot description in Russian :

Описание: Короткий фильм о необычной но чистой дружбе между иностранным посетителем Болгарии и цыганским мальчиком. Иностранец случайно вовлечен в преследование цыганского вора, который наносит ему смертельный удар с ножом.Тогда обстоятельства вынуждают эти двух врагов остаться вместе некоторое время и постепенно они становятся друзьями. В конце мужчина умирает из-за его раны. В конце мужчина умирает из-за его раны.

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