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Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, 2013

Artificial Eye

Domestic strife is centre stage, echoing the 1992 civil war that hovers over this coming-of-age drama from post-Soviet Georgia. A world of male dominance and conflict awaits 14-year-old Natia and Eka, girls robbed of their childhood. Even when given a gun for “protection”, it doesn’t stop Natia being abducted, then forced to marry a local thug. So realistic is the film’s gritty vérité style that it feels observed rather than performed, but the whole thing tends to meander and feels less hard-hitting than it should.

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