The atmosphere of the beginning of the Soviet Union's collapse is perfect to tell this story of social injustice. Once more Moodyson exposes a drama based on social realism performed by great teenager actors. Behind all this we are able to conclude that life not only sucks in Soviet Union but also in other "civilized" places.
Misery purely for the sake of misery. Post-Soviet Russia was very much a hopeless society plagued by malaise and economic depression. At his best Moodysson reflects on this societal state and depicts unabashed realism of the misery. The misery though is too often all encompassing and contrived as he seems to believe that nothing good can happen. As a result the hyper realism at times just descends into simple drama.