The Boy Turns Man

The Boy Turns Man (Bulgarian: Момчето си отива / Momcheto si otiva) is a Bulgarian comedy-drama film released in 1972, directed by Lyudmil Kirkov, starring Nevena Kokanova, Philip Trifonov, Kiril Gospodinov and Sashka Bratanova.

Момчето си отива
Momcheto si otiva
(The Boy Turns Man)
Directed byLyudmil Kirkov
Written byGeorgi Mishev
StarringNevena Kokanova
Philip Trifonov
Kiril Gospodinov
Sashka Bratanova
CinematographyGeorgi Rusinov
Music byBoris Karadimchev
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)
Running time
110 minutes

The movie tells the story of Ran (Trifonov) and his schoolmates, the graduates at the high school in a small town. During the last days as a schoolboy, Ran thinks on the possible roads of the life while walking on the streets of his hometown as if for the last time. Three different women are involved in these moments of quest, consideration and valedictory meetings.

The film received a broad critical acclaim and turned into one of the classics of the Bulgarian cinematography. The song "People and Streets" from the soundtrack to the movie, performed by Mimi Ivanova and Boris Godjunov, became one of the most popular songs of the Bulgarian variety. A sequel, named Don't Go Away, was released in 1976 directed again by Lyudmil Kirkov.




  • Gencheva, Galina (2008). Bulgarian Feature Films encyclopedia. Sofia: Publishing house "Dr Ivan Bogorov". ISBN 978-954-316-069-3.
  • Kovachev, Pencho (2008). 50 Golden Bulgarian Films. Sofia: Publishing house "Zahariy Stoyanov". ISBN 978-954-09-0281-4.

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