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by Svetoslav Draganov


The Liliev brothers share one surname, but that’s where the similarity ends. They don’t even share the same father. They got their name from their mother Lily, who is no longer alive. Oldest brother Alexander is a hairdresser who likes to wear makeup and compete in hairdressing contests. Middle brother Bobby has chosen to live as a monk, but he’s finding it difficult to adhere to his vows. Youngest brother James is kind of macho – he might just marry his girlfriend, and he wants to be a TV star. The only person who occasionally brings them all together is their grandmother, Lily’s mother. The four visit Lily’s grave. The grandmother talks about the men’s youth, the always absent mother and the hardships they all had and have to face. Each of them made very different choices in life but in spite of their very different convictions and ways of living they have one thing in common: though the world is sometimes cruel to all of them they still consider life wonderful, happiness is still out of reach but is not more than a hope away…

international title: Life Almost Wonderful
original title: Life Almost Wonderful
country: Bulgaria, Belgium
year: 2013
genre: documentary
directed by: Svetoslav Draganov
cinematography by: Vesselin Hristov
film editing: Zornica Blyangova
music: Boris Changarov
producer: Svetoslav Draganov, Paul Pauwels
production: Cineaste Maudit, Congoo
backing: EA National Film Centre, Bulgaria, MEDIA Programme, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Bulgarian National Television, YLE
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