IN BLOOM/GRZELI NATELI DGEEBI Di­rected by Si­mon Groß and Nana Ekv­timishvili. Star­ring Mariam Bok­e­ria, Lika Bablu­ani

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - CINEMA - TB

Eka and Na­tia are 14-year-old BFs grow­ing up in newly in­de­pen­dent Ge­or­gia. At Na­tia’s house, fam­ily meals rou­tinely end in drunken vi­o­lence. Eka’s fa­ther is in jail. Kids bully. Teach­ers hiss sar­casm. When Na­tia re­sponds to a pro­posal with “Don’t be an id­iot”, her spurned would-be lover bun­dles her into a car. Still, even un­der the yoke of en­forced mar­riage, the two girls re­main firm friends who bal­ance each other’s ex­cesses out. Club, QFT, Belfast, 102 min

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