In Review: Western

In the remote Bulgarian countryside, not far from the Greek border, a German construction crew begrudgingly brings infrastructure to an isolated village. The cultural divide between invaders and natives, not to mention the additional looming forces of migrants and organized crime, becomes exacerbated by the ingratiation of a loner Meinhard into the fabric of the local community. With nothing back home to keep him, Meinhard finds peace and purpose in the tightly knit Bulgarian community, quickly stirring the ire and competition of his nationalist crew. Such is the complex and engaging genre deconstruction of Valeska Grisebach’s Western.


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