Georgia on their minds
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.