1992, Georgia. The Soviet Union has just collapsed, the country is in the throes of civil war. The inseparable friends, 14-year-old Eka and Natia, live in a patriarchal society where men are either noticeably absent or violently present. Although one is a spectator while the other lives intense emotions, both are inhabited by a deep desire for emancipation – as is their country. The film explores in turn the families’ intimacy and public space, but what is filmed is life itself. Especially in the magnificent group scenes like the one in which a sombre yet radiant Eka dances in muted revolt. This pertinent and sensitive film is enhanced by wonderful first-time actresses able to express their deepest emotions. With sumptuous images from Oleg Mutu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, My Joy, In the Fog).