Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.
An adaption of the British TV series, this documentary chronicles the lives of a group of economically, racially & socially diverse 7-year olds living throughout America in 1990. The ... See full summary »
Lena is a bright, disabled girl who, after years spent studying at home, is keen to get back to school. She is assigned to a special class for disabled pupils who have to present themselves... See full summary »
Ivan I. Tverdovsky
We catch up with the kids from the previous two installments (7 up and 14 up). They are now 21 years old.
Watching 'Born in the USSR: 21 Up' is a life affirming experience. It is moving to listen to the children as they come of age and to see how they deal with their individual hardships in disparate situations and environments across Russia and abroad. Some look towards the future with optimism and hope while others are trepidatious. By our standards in the west, these children have a maturity and dignity that belies their youth. They have a acute understanding of the forces that influence their lives in modern Russia and are able to articulate them confidently. This is a poignant, engrossing and fascinating film, full of pathos. It's impossible to watch without developing a deep admiration for these kids and strong feelings to see them realize their life's aspirations and hopes.
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