Girls become women as the nation of Georgia awkwardly tries on its own independence in this sluggish period piece, set in post-Soviet 1992 and alternating earnest emotions and a stunted plot. The right audience for In Bloom will recognize (and maybe even have nostalgia for) these tight family quarters and urgent radio broadcasts. Then again, anyone should be able to relate to the dramatic impact of breadlines turned violent, or the Ghost World–like teen kinship of intense Eka (Lika Babluani) and her magnetic pal, Natia (Mariam Bokeria).
The two deal with male attention in varying ways, an indication of their splitting maturity, but the movie never lets their bond completely unravel—something tentative stalls our attachment. A cute suitor shows up at Natia’s side with the gift of a pistol (for her protection, he insists), and you wait in vain for it to go off. Rather, the fireworks come in last-act shouting bouts, sincere if slightly disappointing.
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|Release date:||Friday January 10 2014|
Cast and crew
|Director:||Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross|