Following three lifelong friends who return to Moscow after military service, we see their aspirations juxtaposed against everyday life in 1960 Soviet Union.

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Valentin Popov ...
Sergei Zhuravlyov
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Nikolai Fokin
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Slava Kostikov
Marianna Vertinskaya ...
Anya
Zinaida Zinovyeva ...
Olga Mikhailovna Zhuravlyova
Svetlana Starikova ...
Vera Zhuravlyova
Lev Prygunov ...
Second Lieutenant Aleksandr Zhuravlyov
T. Bogdanova ...
Lyusya Kostikova
Lyudmila Selyanskaya ...
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Aleksandr Blinov ...
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Lev Zolotukhin ...
Anya's Father
Pyotr Shcherbakov ...
Chernousov
Gennadi Nekrasov ...
Vladimir Vasilyevich
Nikolay Zakharchenko ...
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'Turnip' Jerk Guest at Anya's Party
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Lack of Direction for 20 somethings
24 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Khutsiev's I Am Twenty is a sort of coming of age film—the generation it deals with is those coming of age in the 1960's, the young adults of Khrushchev's thaw. I Am Twenty follows just returned from the army Sergei, his two best friends—Nikolai(Kolia) and Slava, and his eventual love interest, Anya. They all struggle finding their place in the adult world of Moscow 1962 . . . Sergei has just returned from his time in the army and finds it difficult to return home and have the same relations as he did before his time in the army—he's not really sure what he should be doing; Slava has a wife and child, but still tries to hang around with Kolia and Sergei like nothing has changed; Kolia is a hard worker and also quite a flirt; Anya is in the midst of a divorce and is quite an unstable, flighty character for most of the film—her words and actions don't always add up. One theme in the film is the lack of knowledge from one's elders—it also translates into a sort of teenaged/young adult angst feel. Sergei's father, for example, died in WWII at a very young age so he has never been around to give Sergei advice or help him in this transitioning phase. He gives Sergei one word of advice in a dream —'live'. This is very hopeful, but still doesn't give Sergei much direction (he wouldn't however, know how to help Sergei in this transition phase since he himself never got to live through it). One of the technical highlights of I Am Twenty is the way Moscow is shot. It is a truly beautiful city, and this film does a great job of showing that: the shots of the parks of Moscow and the Kremlin for example are beautiful and can show even one who has never been to the city just how magnificent it is.


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