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Director Boris Frumin returned to his native Russia after 16 years in exile to make this drama set in a small Russian town in 1965--an era when hard-line communism made a profound impact on the daily lives of ordinary people, so much so that Fidel Castro was a popular icon. The story chronicles the coming of age of young Kolya, whose life is filled with romance, hardship, good times, and unexpected tragedy. The disaffected youth is in love with his singing teacher, while one of his classmates harbors a crush on him. Complications ensue when his father skips town after stealing coins from a museum, and his mother is imprisoned for the crime. With Pavel Zharkov, Julia Sobolevskaya and Sergey Dontsov. In Russian with English subtitles.

Boris Frumin---Russia---1993---82 mins.