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      2008 1h 34m Crime Drama History List
      Reviews 71% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Following his release from prison, an ex-con (Zahary Baharov) finds himself menaced by a former partner who wants a missing diamond. Read More Read Less

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      Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid This slightly twisted, black-and-white Bulgarian film throws in just about everything you can think of, but smoothes the presentation into a slick, fluid concoction. Jul 16, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      brent m This 2008 neo-noir, surrealist black comedy-drama about a Bulgarian inmate falsely convicted of murder who enters prison before the Communist takeover and emerges 20 years later after the regime's establishment follows him through a strange odyssey on the first day after his release. Director Javor Gardev's debut feature mixes genres to tell an intriguing story, one not unlike the supposed life review we all supposedly undergo at the time of death, but one that's brought to life as a full-fledged interactive experience. Through it all, the often-perplexed but quietly inscrutable protagonist lives out a series of bizarre incidents with a former partner in crime, unfathomable authoritarian military figures, an odd collection drunken patrons at a dive bar and a seedy night club, and a romantic interlude with an old flame, all culminating in a rainy night encounter in a creepy graveyard. Not all of the episodes work and the narrative's inherent strangeness is sometimes a little too intrusive in the finished product, but the fine lead performance of Zachary Baharov, the film's exquisite black-and-white cinematography, the picture's truly off-the-wall humor, and the intriguing thematic issues explored help to compensate for these shortfalls. "Zift" definitely will not appeal to those whose tastes don't include the enigmatic, macabre and unabashedly earthy, but, for those who are willing to take a chance on something challenging, eccentric and unorthodox, this one just might scratch that itch and do so in ways totally unexpected. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member just because this pic is shot in B & W doesn't make it noir or even neo-noir Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the most stylishly directed and scored movies I have seen in quite some time. A true foreign "gem." Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Apesar do excesso de narração e da estrutura irregular do roteiro, o filme tem uma trama bacana, além de um visual interessante e uma atmosfera um tanto atípica. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Finally, we're rolling--Hilarious, profane, poignant!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member A slick looking black & white Bulgarian crime film that is pretty entertaining. "Zift" is visually striking, this film reminded me a little of more modern neo-noir or crime films like "Bound" or "Blood Simple" or "The last Seduction". Give it a try! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Following his release from prison, an ex-con (Zahary Baharov) finds himself menaced by a former partner who wants a missing diamond.
      Javor Gardev
      Georgi Dimitrov, Ilian Djevelekov, Matey Konstantinov
      Vladislav Todorov
      Production Co
      Bulgarian National Television, Miramar Film, Bulgarian National Film Center
      Crime, Drama, History
      Original Language
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jul 13, 2010
      1h 34m