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Grzeli nateli dgeebi (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 10 January 2014 (USA)
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Set in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in 1992. Friends Eka and Natia look to leave childhood behind as they ignore societal customs and work to escape their turbulent family lives.

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Eka
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Zurab Gogaladze ...
Kote
Data Zakareishvili ...
Lado
Ana Nijaradze ...
Ana - Eka's Mother
Maiko Ninua ...
Sophiko - Eka's Sister
Tamar Bukhnikashvili ...
Natia's Mother
Temiko Chichinadze ...
Natia's Father
Berta Khapava ...
Natela - Natia's Grandmother
Sandro Shanshiashvili ...
Natia's Brother
Endi Dzidzava ...
Kote's Mother
Zaza Salia ...
Kote's Father
Marina Janashia ...
Teacher
Giorgi Aladashvili ...
Kopla
Gia Shonia ...
Kopla's Friend
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Set in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in 1992. Friends Eka and Natia look to leave childhood behind as they ignore societal customs and work to escape their turbulent family lives.

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$9,280 (USA) (10 January 2014)

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$50,000 (USA) (4 May 2014)
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Official submission of Georgia to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

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Written by Otar Ramishvili
Performed by Sophiko's Friends Davit Archvadze, Otar Ramishvili
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"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
21 May 2015 | by (UWS, NYC, USA) – See all my reviews

"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 knives—are 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 guys—an 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 numbers—Natia, 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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