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196 Ratings

In Bloom

Grzeli nateli dgeebi

Georgia, Germany, 2013


Tbilisi, Georgia, 1992: The Soviet era is over and Georgia must fend for itself. Civil war is raging in the province of Abkhazia. For Natia and Eka, the barely fourteen-year-old protagonists of Grzeli nateli dgeebi, childhood is coming to an end.

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In Bloom Directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2013 | Winner: C.I.C.A.E. Award (Forum)


2013 | Winner: New Auteur Special Award for Personal Storytelling (New Auteurs)

The story is similar to Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) in the way the girls’ interpersonal drama is conflated with a fractured political system. 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 17, 2014
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Natia’s incandescent courage, Eka’s quiet self-reliance, and both girls’ fierce loyalty and love for each other keeps a flickering ray of hope alive in this ferociously well-acted story of life in the struggling post-Soviet republic.
December 03, 2014
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The filmmakers make resourceful use of lively ensemble stagings and fluid long takes to give their modestly-sized production an epic sweep and energy, centered on a class of vivacious free-roaming girls who embody all the promise of Georgia’s newly earned independence, one that quickly spirals into tragic fractiousness and violence.
November 30, 2014
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