The Peach Thief

Synopsis: World War I is coming to its end. Prisoners of war are coming into the town with Serb Ivo among them. During one of his escapes from the camp, he finds himself in a private garden. There he meets Lisa, the wife of the town-major - a severe and heartless colonel. She is sad, lonely and her meeting with the Serb develops into a deep mutual love. Their meetings become more frequent. But the lovers are doomed. The war prisoners are moved away and as Ivo comes to bid her farewell, he is shot to death.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Vulo Radev
  4 wins & 1 nomination.
84 min

Why didn't you?

I was... how do you say it?

Because you ran away?

Yes, for that.

Yes, but mainly because of the peaches.

You should've said they were a gift.

And tell them from whom?

Of course not!

Will you give me some food?

And some brandy if possible.

What are you looking at?

Veliko Tarnovo

I thought you loathed it.

I'm admiring it

despite the barbed wire.

War brings hatred

but the work of man

remains to incite love.

An absurd paradox.

A sad paradox.

Take this!

Thank you!

I don't even know your name.



I beg you not to come here anymore.

I beg you not to come here anymore.

I see!


The chimney doesn't smoke.

Auntie, Radi's painted some smoke.


What's this volcano?

This is the front, can't you see?

Come, let's try them on.


I can't buttoned it.

- Thank you.

- Come on!

I violated your order.

You take a big risk.

Tou think so.

The patrols might kill you!

A pity for the fine boots.

Must you talk like that?

You are an officer, aren't you?

Let me present myself.

A teacher, trained, in uniform.

Three years in trenches, two in camps.

What regrets could I have?

Still it's thoughtless of you.

What about you? Why did you come?

I was afraid something

might happen to you.

I didn't know you had children.

They're not mine.

Whose are they?


Perhaps it's better that way.

Forgive me! Children become men,

then are sent to be killed.

Or to rot behind barbed wire

which is the same.

You think it'll always be like this?

I wonder...

If it was up to me...

Sorry to bother you.

You're not.

But I'll be coming again...

Please, don't, I'll send you some food.

You know why.


I must see you.

I can stand everything when

thinking of you.

Even the camp is not so horrible.

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Vulo Radev

Vulo Radev (Bulgarian: Въло Радев) (Lesidren, 1 January 1923 – Sofia, 28 March 2001) was a Bulgarian film director, writer, and cinematographer, who also did some script editing.Within the context of Bulgarian cinema, his films Цар и генерал (Tsar and General) and The Peach Thief have been praised for their "montage within the frame". more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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