Is It Easy to Be Young?
Original title: Vai viegli but jaunam?
- 1h 23m
A documentary of numerous stories of young people, living in Soviet Latvia. These are mainly stories of different youngsters, viewed differed by Soviet society and local pro-soviet government - punks, those who demolished the train after the legendary local rock band 'Perkons' concert, for that being regarded as public enemies, a mortuary worker and more. Different lives, different expectations, for some lack of freedom and pressure from the government and fear. One of the rare documentaries that can be so touching, because it's so true. —Kristine Gi
Is it easy to be old?
This is a rare document of how live in the Soviet Union seemed to be set in stone even on the onset of Perestroika, and even more so after the core meltdown at Chernobyl and during the climax of the Russia-Afghanistan War. It was called the Cold War and the Iron Curtain for a reason. The film starts with the aftermath when a bunch of incredibly tame-looking youths are charged with wrecking a train car after a concert, and get handed down sentences of over three years. Then there are bona fide punks rummaging through Soviet Riga, being disgruntled, snarling and up to no good, just like in my neck of the woods back then. Auteur Juris Podnieks talks to them all, the rebels, the squares and the thieving ballerinas, all of this accompanied to a very bad soundtrack indeed. It made an enormous impression back then, all the more so as this was somehow, mysteriously the Soviet Union but not Russia. The same train cars of Latvia are doing fine, by the way, the same stock is still operational in 2019. Only the rebels have grown old and grey.
- Karl Self
- Aug 23, 2019
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