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In Bloom

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Is it okay to admit to a dose of world-cinema fatigue? You might feel that reading about this drama set in post-Soviet Georgia in 1992. It’s another film about the intense, love-you-so-much-I-hate-you friendship between teenage girls. Even the title – ‘In Bloom’ – feels a bit déjà vu. But as arthouse coming-of-age films go, this is brilliant – smart and sensitive with a screw-you feminist streak. And it’s beautifully acted by two first-time actresses playing Eka and Natia, who have been friends forever.

Natia looks older and has a couple of boys following her around. One of them proposes outside her flat: ‘Let’s clear this up once and for all.’ Natia laughs and gives him her best put down (‘You’re an idiot’). A few days later the same guy drives up with a bunch of mates and snatches her off the street. In the next scene they’re getting married. In most countries that’s rape of a child and forced marriage. Here’s it’s bride kidnapping – now illegal in Georgia. What’s so shocking about the episode is how normal it is – even for Natia. Based on co-director Nana Ekvtimishvili’s childhood, this is thoughtful and moving.

Written by Cath Clarke

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 2 May 2014
  • Duration:102 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross
  • Cast:
    • Zurab Gogaladze
    • Mariam Bokeria
    • Lika Babluani
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