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The Goat Horn

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Original title
Kozijat rog (The Goat Horn)
Running time
105 min.
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Nikolai Haitov
Mariya Neykova
Dimo Kolarov
Boyana Film, Sofia Film Studios
Drama | Middle Ages. 17th Century. Small Town Life (Non-North American). Revenge
Synopsis / Plot
This Bulgarian tragedy is a remake of that country's most popular film of all time. Unlike the sharply political original, this version centers more on the human relationships involved in the story of a humble Christian shepherd and his small family during the Ottoman rule. The sad story begins as the shepherd's beautiful wife is brutally ravished by two wandering Turks. While he and his daughter helplessly look on, the two pierce the wife's throat with a curly goat horn and leave her to die. Father and daughter, Maria, are utterly horrified; the daughter is so traumatized that she becomes mute, and more than a little insane. The father too, goes mad with grief. He takes Maria to a huge cave deep in the mountains where he hacks off her hair, dresses her in sheepskins and teaches her to kill without flinching. It is she who goes out to exact revenge on the two who murdered her mother. They die as she did and are found with goat horns sticking from their throats. Back at the cave, life becomes more difficult when Maria blossoms into a beautiful young woman and her father begins to develop sexual feelings for her. Though he resists his lustful urges, he cannot help but become insanely jealous when she falls in love with a lonely Muslim shepherd. - Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide.
1972: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize
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