In a patriarchal society, an ordinary Georgian family lives with three generations under one roof. All are shocked when 52-year-old Manana decides to move out from her parents' home and ... See full summary »
Modern time Tbilisi, Georgia. Cops arrest jobless heroine addict Checkie, 45, and give him 2 days to introduce Ika, 16, to drugs, so that they could blackmail Ika's politician father. If ... See full summary »
A group of teenage boys from Tbilisi take a trip to Azerbaijan to buy drugs, and end up fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh War, when they are captured by Azerbaijani militants, with one ... See full summary »
A young refugee and his mother flee war and ethnic cleansing in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, leaving his father behind. After arriving in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, the ... See full summary »
In the pursuit of happiness orphan Ertaoz left for city, where he fell in love with pretty Margalita and went to jail to save her. There he met his future teacher Qristepore who dreamed of building flying machine and they broke the prison.
The Sun of the Sleepless. The film is about a doctor named Gela Bendeliani (Elgudzha Burduli) and his wealthless family in Tbilisi in Soviet Georgia. In the film Gela Bendeliani has an unlimited capacity for generosity and forgiveness.
Little Keto is only child in rich Georgian family, but she is abducted by two Lezgian men. Parents found their daughter after many years, but she could not remember her childhood and past. ... See full summary »
"If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on a wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off." Anton Chekhov
"In Bloom" is a first-rate coming-of-age drama from ex-Soviet Georgia, set in the capital, Tbilisi, in 1992, when the newly independent country is on the verge of coming apart. Russian-backed insurgents are fighting on the coast, bread is rationed, lawless customs from the bad old days bride kidnapping, settling romantic rivalries with knivesare making a strong comeback.
The two leads, both first-time actresses, are amazing. Natia, already a beauty at 14, is being courted by two older guysan unsavory tough, Kote, and the more appealing Lado. Before Lado goes off on an inopportune trip to Moscow, he gives Natia a revolver to protect herself. The stage seems to be set for an operatic climax until hard-headed Eka takes matters in hand.
The establishing scenes of squabbling families and menacing streets are quite well done, but it's the strong plot and the two lead actresses' sensitive performances that save this film from art-house miserabilism. Surprisingly, the real highlights are both musical numbersNatia, Eka and their friends gather around the piano to sing a world-weary lovesong (something about "life is hard, and it will crush your dreams"), and Eka performs an amazing solo dance at a traditional wedding party. "In Bloom" is one of the better unheralded foreign films we've seen on Netflix lately.
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