Godless | Chicago Reader

Godless

Set in a remote Bulgarian town, this 2016 debut feature by writer-director Ralitza Petrova follows a morphine-addicted nurse (Irena Ivanova) who steals ID cards from her elderly patients and sells them on the black market. The woman seems stifled—she provides for her unemployed mother but they barely speak, and she and her boyfriend seem to share nothing except their addiction—yet Petrova is less concerned with the reasons for her behavior than with the consequences of her actions. Ivanova is a fine actor, but her character lacks dimension; the nurse's sordid environment and the abasement she endures to the point of numbness make her feel like a personification of the country's political corruption and social unrest. In Bulgarian with subtitles.

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