Bulgarian Lovers (Los Novios Bulgaros) (2003)

ELOY DE LA IGLESIA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.

Spain, 2003Altube Filmeak S.L., Conexión Sur, Creativos Asociados de Radio y Televisión, Televisión Española.  Screenplay by Fernando Guillen Cuervo, , Eloy de la Iglesia, based on the novel by Antonio HensCinematography by Produced by , , Music by Production Design by Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

A phenomenon of Bulgarian immigrants in sunny Spain means that there are plenty of recently arrived young men who need to find ways to sustain themselves.  Madrid is also rife with aging gay men who cannot resist the temptation of providing financial support for handsome fellows who return the favour with sexual companionship, and that is the structure of a relationship that develops between straight-laced  and the studly .  Taking these young hot things into your life means being quite generous, so Cuervo is not the least bit surprised when supporting his paramour also means helping him bring his fiancée into the country and getting involved in illegal smuggling of radioactive materials.  Appealing performers and a sexy light tone do nothing for characterizations that fall flat and jokes that are never particularly funny.  It takes place in a world that you would assume would be far more enticing than it is.

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