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135 minutes
Set in mid-50s Moscow, this exuberant, candy-colored hybrid of Quadrophenia, American Graffitti, and Footloose pits an imaginary subculture of pompadoured, swing-dancing peacocks and their sexually liberated bobby-soxer girlfriends against the puritanical Soviet state. The playfully formulaic plot follows the conversion of a Communist Youth zealot (Anton Shagin) into a leading scenester. Just when things threaten to get gooey, the verbally and visually witty writer-director Valery Todorovsky busts out a zippy musical number proposing that five years of youthful pleasure are all that any reasonable person can expect from life. In Russian with subtitles.


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