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In Bloom (2014)

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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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Cast

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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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.

December 19, 2014 | Full Review…
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.

June 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Despite the seeming inevitability of tragedy and despair, "In Bloom" remains true to its title.

April 17, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 2.5/4
Seattle Times
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