In Bloom

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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... (c) Big World


Lika Babluani
as Eka Khizanishvili
Mariam Bokeria
as Natia Zaridze
Ana Nijaradze
as Ana - Eka's Mother
Maiko Ninua
as Sophiko - Eka's Sister
Tamar Bukhnikashvili
as Natia's Mother
Temiko Chichinadze
as Natia's Father
Berta Khapava
as Natela - Natia's Grandmother
Sandro Shanshiashvili
as Gio - Natia's Brother
Endi Dzidzava
as Kote's Mother
Zaza Salia
as Kote's Father
Gia Shonia
as Kopla's Friend
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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (4)

  • The leads are played with freshness and mischief by Lika Babluani as Eka and Mariam Bokeria as Natia.

    Jun 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Directors Nana Ekvtimshvili and Simon Gross adopt the long, contemplative takes of the new wave; much of the film feels familiar, but the location shooting and period details are nicely drawn, a result of Ekvtimshvili's autobiographical script.

    Dec 19, 2014 | Full Review…
  • This is a story of adolescence and female friendship under pressure, explored with a quietly engrossing combination of familiarity and strangeness.

    Sep 26, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Unpredictable, never forced, and forever compelling.

    May 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

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

    May 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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