In Bloom (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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
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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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Critic Reviews for In Bloom

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (20)

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.

Full Review… | December 19, 2014
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | June 26, 2014
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.

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

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2014
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
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for In Bloom


A well realized coming of age tale in a society where violence and threats are a dominant language. Toys with the audiences Chekhovian expectations to increase the sense of dread. Powerful performances.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

The parallel of the constant fighting between family members, married couples, genders fosters the constant tension of the backdrop of the civil war in the region. The constant threat of potential violence, especially towards women, makes me squirm and therefore not my fav. But extremely powerful coming of age film of two close friends during Georgian civil war in the mid 1990's. In Bloom is hard as the slice of life post Soviet rule is to watch, the acting of these two first time young actresses portraying a coming of age story was really really phenomenal. The pretty one, especially, who played Natia was explosively vibrant in every single frame she was in. You had a story set in Georgia but a plot rich with the angst and rawness including the cinematography style of the Romanian New Wave but with German financial backing. Each of the two girls owned their respective scenes where they bloomed into womanhood - there's a wedding and there's a solo dance routine. So much emotional, cultural and societal textures in this one wrapped up with incredibly strong raw acting = the one that will prob win the Oscar.

Ching Tan
Ching Tan

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