4.5. Khutsiev's 1990 re-edit of his butchered 1964 film is one of the best of '60s youth pics. Starts out with the swing of the French films of the period, but ends up being about the anxieties of fatherless post-war youths for whom the official slogans have little meaning. Hanging out, chasing girls, and glib talk give way to "Why can't we ever discuss anything serious?", crumbling relationships, existential angst.
4,5. This is a reedited version, approved by the director, with scenes of both previous versions, from 1962 and 1965, and released in 1988. It continues to be what it always was: a cheerful "new wave" in relation to a generation who guard the bitter memories of the previous war generation, with an implicit sense of wandering. Wordy, and of an admirable fluency, is a key film of the European cinema of its decade.