Ge­or­gia on their minds

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM - TARA BRADY

IN BLOOM/GRZELI NATELI DGEEBI

en­forced mar­riage, the two girls re­main firm friends who bal­ance each other’s ex­cesses out. It’s a pleas­ing fem­i­nist-friendly con­stant against a back­drop of hate, machismo and law­less­ness.

The teenage leads bring a win­ning nat­u­ral­ism to co-di­rec­tor Nana Ekv­timishvili’s nu­anced, semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal screen­play. Mas­ter cin­e­matog­ra­pher Oleg Mutu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Be­yond the Hills) en­livens the ma­te­rial with a crisp verite. Ig­nore the hack­neyed ti­tle: this is a very fine, af­fect­ing and un­ex­pect­edly up­beat film.

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