This Georgian coming-of-age drama (2013) often recalls the Romanian new wave—and not merely because it was shot by Oleg Mutu, the favorite cinematographer of Romanian director Cristian Mungiu. Set in Tbilisi during the civil war of the early 90s, the movie considers the end of Soviet rule in Georgia just as Mungiu and company have explored Romanian life after Ceausescu. The story, about two precocious, 13-year-old girls who share a disdain for Georgian society and their dysfunctional families, is similar to Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) in the way the girls’ interpersonal drama is conflated with a fractured political system. Directors Nana Ekvtimshvili and Simon Gross adopt the long, contemplative takes of the new wave; much of the film feels familiar, but the location shooting and period details are nicely drawn, a result of Ekvtimshvili’s autobiographical script. In Georgian with subtitles.
1 hour 42 min • 2013