May 1, 2014 4:32 pm

In Bloom – film review

This family-conflict drama from Georgia features superb performances
Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria in 'In Bloom'

Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria in 'In Bloom'

Art cinema can really get your goat. I felt endangered, goat-wise, by early scenes of In Bloom, a 1990s-set Georgian family-conflict drama as bristlingly miserabilist as Cold Comfort Farm. Everyone hates everyone else in two Tbilisi families which collectively hate each other. But co-director Nana Ekvtimishvili’s script, nurtured on memories of her own childhood, becomes more focused, even sourly funny, as it evolves. There are superb performances from Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria as the two young friends caught, like Juliet and Juliet, in the dynastic-feudal crossfire.


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