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 14-year-old protagonists of In Bloom, childhood is coming to an end. Eka is growing up without her father, rebelling against her concerned mother and her older sister. And Natia’s alcoholic father terrorises the entire family.
The two friends cannot find peace outside of the family either – not in school, not on the street, and not in the bread lines. Chaos, insecurity, and fear of the future hold sway over everyday life. An admirer gives Natia a pistol with one single bullet. A little later, she’s abducted by another admirer.
A new generation of filmmakers has emerged in Georgia and is starting out by remembering its own history. – Berlin Film Festival 2013
Director: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross. Georgia, 2013. Language: Georgian. 102 minutes. Cert: CLUB
Starring: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogaladze, Data Zakareishvili, Giorgi Aladashvili, Gia Shonia, Ana Nijaradze