Film Review: Bid Gurvyn Bolzoo Might Make You Cry, If You Can Tolerate the Tropes

Disclaimer: I know the director of this movie, but I wasn’t paid to promote it and I didn’t watch it for free. I didn’t even plan on reviewing this film until it happened to be the only film available for my time.

Film Info

Bid Gurvyn Bolzoo (Us Three Dating), 2015

Romantic Comedy / Drama

Directed by: M.Enkhdalai

Screenplay by: Orgil

Starring: E.Todgerel, P.Shuudertsetseg, O.Amgalanbaatar

What’s it about?

A hopelessly romantic guy with a failing heart decides to ‘pass on’ his true love to his best friend.

Basically

Seven Pounds meets Roxanne

Before seeing the movie

I had two questions. One, it was an awkward premise, but – as the title suggests – was there going to be a threesome? Two, was there anyone going in threes to watch this movie at the theater? This was a late night screening and all I saw were either young couples or four or more friends in groups.

Memorable Characters

Boroo – Quirky 20-something guy, who stutters when nervous and solders together a chip or two. Does an incredible impression of an old person. Best quote: “When I look at you, I want to pee.

Bayaraa – Hopelessly romantic 20-something guy, who has a heart problem and a questionable taste for spontaneity and date planning. Best quote: “Life is tasty the less you plan.

[Seriously, dude? I feel like that’s a bad message for young Mongolian moviegoers. What about financial and family planning?]

Khulan – Sporty and down-to-earth 20-something girl, who has a trick or two about self-defense up her sleeve and a WTF logic about helping others. Best quote: “I don’t like unlucky people. But I like to bring luck to poor people.”

[Girl, you’re not making any sense. Why don’t you just give that luck to the unlucky people instead? Aren’t they poor because they’re unlucky? How can you tell who’s unlucky and who’s poor?]

Theme

It’s about the relationship of best friends and how much you can sacrifice for your best friend. Okay, as soon as I write that, you may think you know everything. The film’s ending can be seen from miles away – or so you’d think. But the ending was well executed and brought some tears to the audience.

Subtext

Deep down, the plot makes allusions to the nature of terminal patients and I think the filmmaker was influenced by the pages and posts on social media that asks for treatment funding to people in sudden distress. The character in the story is altruistic and makes no effort to raise the 170,000 USD by going this route. Instead he grooms his friend to be with the woman he was going to propose. Although the hospital scenes look neat and doctors amiable, there’s a lingering thought about how the health institution and the lifestyle of Mongolians are leading to many patients finding themselves terminally diagnosed in the last stages and needing expensive treatments internationally.

Conclusion

Bid Gurvyn Bolzoo was based on an unoriginal premise, so I felt like I’d seen the film a thousand times already, especially at the beginning. The fighting scenes were sloppy and could use improvement. The comedy of misunderstanding, which should have been retired a long time ago, still does more here. But the visual comedy makes up a good portion of the film and some parts are thoughtful. So, if you can tolerate the tropes, which abound in the beginning, the ending might move you.

Bid Gurvyn Bolzoo is in theaters now.

[usr 3.5]

 

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Natso Baatarkhuu lives in Mongolia and writes in English. His works have appeared in Cracked.com and The UB Post, and he started this website. He dreams of publishing novels and selling screenplays someday.

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Natso Baatarkhuu

Natso Baatarkhuu lives in Mongolia and writes in English. His works have appeared in Cracked.com and The UB Post, and he started this website. He dreams of publishing novels and selling screenplays someday.

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