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Three lifelong friends who return to Moscow after their military service and whose fathers have been killed in the war see their aspirations juxtaposed against everyday life in 1960s Soviet Union. They reflect on their possible futures and their place in society.
Brought under scrutiny after Ilych’s Gate (labelled “morally sick” by Khrushchev!), the great Soviet filmmaker Marlen Khutsiyev drastically re-edited this generational portrait into I Am Twenty. Reminiscent of the French New Wave, it captured the angst and anxiety of this “Khrushchev Thaw.”