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  • Actors: Lika Babuani, Mariam Bokeria
  • Directors: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Georgian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 14 July 2014
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JRXHDT2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,075 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tbilisi, Georgia, 1992: Civil war is raging in the province of Abkhazia. Two 14-year-olds, Natia and Eka, find their childhood coming to an end. Natia's alcoholic father constantly terrorises her entire family. And Eka rebels against her mother and older sister. These two inseparable friends try to find peace outside their family as days are filled with anxiety about what the future will hold for them.

A thrilling, moving and engrossing drama telling a story from one of the world's most unrepresented countries, this is independent world cinema at its boldest and finest.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By johann28 on 17 Oct. 2014
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'In Bloom' is a thoroughly engrossing, sophisticated and at times painful film which centres around life in 1992 Tbilisi. Amid the simmering violence of civil war, teenagers take on adult responsibilities much too soon. At the same time, the authority of their seniors is disintegrating. The powerful and entirely convincing Eka (Lika Babluani) and Natia (Mariam Bokeria) are 14-year-old friends, but Natia (whose parents are permanently at one another's throats) is attracting male attention, not a benign occurrence in a heavily patriarchal society where bride kidnapping is rife. When a boy Natia likes gives her a gun "to protect herself", the object is passed like a dark secret between her and Eka, freighted with tension - the viewer waiting for a seemingly inevitable violent denouement. It is also visually captivating, from snarling bread queues to pale, graceful Georgian girls, both powerfully captured by the eye of the great cinematographer Oleg Mutu.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ba77 on 29 Nov. 2014
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Beautiful and sad movie from a country, I have discovered whilst traveling, and which just now comes to European attention with its amazing countryside, rich culture and good cuisine. The film is about two young girls, best friends, growing up under difficult political and economical circumstances in Georgia after the break down of the Sowiet Union, but who also have to deal with the affect of the patriarchal culture there, which dramatically changes their lives over the course of the story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By blue439 on 11 Aug. 2014
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A remarkably subtle coming-of-age film, which communicates its humane point in indirect ways, by implying and suggesting, rather than by telling it. Acting is first class throughout and this applies across the generational divide (some of the actors are veterans on Georgian screen since its hay-day in the late Soviet years, but some are the first-timers), the film is beautifully shot and cleverly directed. As for the plot-line, which is commented on in one of the reviews - the plot is actually not the most important thing in this film: it consists of the everyday lives of two teenage girls, nothing more and nothing less... Yet, it is through the everyday lives of everyday people that the history unfolds, and this is done, as I said, in very intelligent, indirect ways, through various hints (by inserting the off-screen/non-diegetic radio or television programmes, which date in 1992 when the film action is set, for example) and symbolic connection that is established between the deceptively carefree lives of teenagers and the grim historical reality of post-Soviet Georgia: the Civil War, which was just kicking of in the rebellious province of Abkhazia (1992) and the long and still ongoing process of political instability and disintegration. A very strong recommendation!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 July 2014
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Set against the backdrop of the war in Georgia in 1992 we meet two fourteen year old school friends Eka and Natia. They both have dysfunctional families; one dealing with an absent father and the other wishing hers was as he is an alcoholic. They lead a bleak existence where bread is rationed yet everyone seems to be able to get hold of cigarettes, sexism seems to be rife and life can be quite cruel.

The story unfolds around Natia being wooed by more than one suitor and the consequences of making the wrong decision. This is set against the background of the real World and every day life existence. Told in a kind of docudrama way, we have some upsetting scenes and some show stopping performances from a very young cast. The whole thing has a vibrancy and believability that just grabs you and makes you go with it. It is also one of those films where you may think certain scenes are `fillers', but if you bear with it they always reveal more of the characters and deepen an already thick plot.

In Georgina with good sub titles and a run time of around 100 minutes. This is a powerful and understated film that deserves a wide audience. Co-writer and director Nina Ekvtimishvili has made a big screen debut with a film to be proud of and I think we are going to see a lot more from her and I for one think the next film can not come soon enough - absolutely recommended.
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