In Bloom

Let's meet for a chat before at the Crystal Cafe.

It’s the early 1990s in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence of all kinds: war on the Black Sea coast and recurring attempts at vigilante justice that plague society. But for schoolgirls Eka and Natia, fourteen-year-old inseparable friends (revelatory performances from Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria), life just unfolds: in the street, at school, with friends or elder sisters who are already dealing with men’s traditional dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love. For these two girls in bloom, life holds surprises at every turn. Winner of the “New Auteur Special Award” at the recent AFI Fest in Los Angeles, for what the jury cited as “fiction filmmaking infused with and bolstered by the truth.” Prizes for Best Film and Best Actress (dual award to both stars), Sarajevo Film Festival. In Georgian with English subtitles. (102 min.) - 

Review:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/movies/in-bloom-on-two-young-girls-growing-up-in-tbilisi.html?_r=0

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  • Mark

    A film which showed a society debased by 70 years of Soviet rule and neglect. The culture was one of violence particularly against women. Rape was sanctified by people who knew nothing else and women who saw no way out. The whole society seemed to be disintegrating. The war was something most people pushed from their minds. The most life affirmative statement was made by a fourteen year old girl throwing a gun into the river or lake. A culture that had always based itself on weapons of violence was turning on itself. Rape and violence and hungry desperation were everywhere. One man who was capable of love was brutally murdered by a cruel coward,stabbed in the stomach. I think the abrupt ending which seemed to have no meaning was a statement that the violence and war would continue. More suffering and death was to come.

    1 · April 6, 2014

    • Ms. C.

      And fast forward to today when Russia's Putin marches into the Ukraine because the tiny Ukraine had the puny audacity to divest itself of the socialistic pardign in a democratic way (the people voted) for a independent capitalistic society for their future. Georgia, Crimea. Tomatoe, tomato. And the world barely stops eating its fast food lunch to give a dang. I'd like to think we are better than that but perhaps not. The immortal words of Dr Martin Luther King still ring true: "An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere". The film In Bloom was moving, thought-provoking and relevant in our time.

      4 · April 6, 2014

    • Bill B

      Well put, Ms. Crystal!

      1 · April 9, 2014

  • Bill B

    It was a realistic portrayal of a difficult time in Georgian history through the eyes and experiences of two girls who had to grow up too fast.

    2 · April 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was very nice to meet everyone. I enjoyed the movie and I'm looking forward to catching another.Thanks.

    2 · April 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will not be able to make it. Something has come up with my mom. Sorry. Look forward to next gathering.

    April 6, 2014

  • Desiree

    First time to go to a movie with the Indie group. Looking forward to meeting you all.

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Bill S.

    Can't make it today. Hope to attend an upcoming event.

    April 6, 2014

  • Mark

    Thanks Janet for the thumbs up!

    1 · April 3, 2014

  • Cesar

    Are you guys going to party before 3:30am show?

    March 4, 2014

    • Rebecca

      Party poopers! :) Thanks Cesar.

      1 · March 5, 2014

    • janet c.

      I hope it is 3:30 pm. I can't do 3:30 am anymore. Been there, done that, bought the tee shirt. PM will do.

      1 · April 3, 2014

  • Bill B

    My wife and I are looking forward to seeing this film and meeting everyone.

    2 · April 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was really looking forward to attending with you all - love the DFT. Then my work schedule changed, so I'll be thinking of you all while I sit in front of my radios all night that night.

    2 · April 1, 2014

  • Mark

    I love the DFT too. I used to attend religiously during the 80s and 90s. Now I see far more movies on Netflix and at The Maple or The Main. I also use the inter-library system to get DVDs and Video Cassettes of hard to find movies. I'm retired now and don't do a lot of driving, but I do make an exception for the DFT which was there when there was virtually nothing else.

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh, that was fast! LOL I just joined the group tonight. OK then, I love the DFT and this film sounds fabulous. See you there.

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Lalida

    Sounds interesting. I'm in.

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds great but I can't make it.

    March 15, 2014

  • Michelle C.

    Unfortunately I have a prior commitment that day. I'll look forward to the next one.

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Priya

    Hi. New to this meetup. Just getting into indie movies. So how does this work? Where do I show up and when do we but the tickets. Very excited to meet fellow movie lovers!!

    1 · March 8, 2014

    • Rebecca

      Hi Priya

      March 9, 2014

    • Rebecca

      We are arriving at theDFT and each purchasing our own tickets at 3:30. Then we are meeting beforehand at the Crystal Cafe upstairs (ask the staff) for some light refreshments before the 4:30 movie. There is a parking lot on John R across from the DFT entrance. Look on the DIA website for further directions if needed. Look forward to meeting you.

      March 9, 2014

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