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In Bloom by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross (Germany/France/Georgia, 2013, 102 min.). A newly independent Georgia faces violence, war on the Black Sea coast, and vigilante justice, but for Eka and Natia, 14-year-old inseparable friends, life just unfolds—in the street, at school, and with friends. “Absorbing and intelligently assembled, In Bloom smoothly weaves its numerous plotlines together to suggest the intricate fabric of these’s peoples lives . . . It works as an intimate drama . . . and as a portrait of a fascinating period in the country’s social history” (Variety).