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Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014)

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95

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 2

A coming-of-age drama entwined with a political statement, In Bloom underscores its well-worn themes with strong performances and palpable real-world tension.

89

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 2

A coming-of-age drama entwined with a political statement, In Bloom underscores its well-worn themes with strong performances and palpable real-world tension.

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Early nineties, in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence, war on the Black Sea coast (Abkhazia) and vigilante justice that plague society. But for Eka and Natia, fourteen-year-old inseparable friends, life just unfolds: in the street, at school, with friends or elder sisters who are already dealing with men's dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love. For these two girls in bloom life just goes on...

Unrated,

Drama

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Nana Ekvtimishvili

$55.7k

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The viewer becomes keenly aware that she is only getting part of the story. But when the truth is so troubling, sometimes part of the story is more than enough.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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As arthouse coming-of-age films go, this is brilliant -- smart and sensitive with a screw-you feminist streak.

April 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Despite the seeming inevitability of tragedy and despair, "In Bloom" remains true to its title.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The world painted by directors Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon GroB is almost relentlessly grim, and even the giggles of two schoolgirls get drowned.

March 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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The film accurately reflects the girls' numbness, but it is devoid of sustaining emotional impact. Eka and Natia's full pain is oddly remote.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A fascinating snapshot of a country at war with itself (literally, eventually) as seen through the eyes of two teenage girls, whose lives are complicated enough as it is.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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The two nonprofessional actresses shine.

June 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

The centrifugal force is supplied by two stunning lead turns by Babluani and Bokeria.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

As civility and sympathy prove to be in ... short supply, the girls' unwavering devotion to each other makes for absorbing drama.

May 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This terrifically engaging work raises important questions about universal experience and cultural context - in this case, the search for independent female identity in a society all but suffocated by the threat of violence.

May 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Bold and brassy, Georgia's Best Foreign Film entry may not be the cheeriest viewing but it's still a compelling coming-of-age drama.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Unpredictable, never forced, and forever compelling.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

This tense and naturalistic tale of Georgian youth in revolt offers a clever new twist on the tired teen movie.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Co-director Nana Ekvtimishvili's script, nurtured on memories of her own childhood, becomes more focused, even sourly funny, as it evolves.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Among the best features to come recently out of Eastern Europe, featuring the tough-minded cinematography of Romania's Oleg Matu, who shot 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Arts Fuse
Arts Fuse

Like a bomb triggered to go off, In Bloom builds in the viewer's gut, a drama coiled to attack.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: arts meme
arts meme

While "In Bloom" offers an authentic slice of life from a particular time and place, it never gets close enough to its characters, physically or emotionally, to really hit home.

March 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

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