14+ (2015)


GENRE: Drama
DURATION: 106mins
DIRECTOR: Andrey Zaytsev
CAST: Gleb Kalyuzhny, Ulyana Vaskovich, Olga Ozollapinya, Alexey Filimonov

Alex glides his mouse tenderly over online images of Vika. He has been smitten ever since he saw her, but she is beyond his reach as her school and block of flats are enemy territory. Alex nonetheless sneaks into her school disco and plucks up the courage to ask her to dance. Incensed by the intruder, the other boys beat Alex. Upset by what happened, Vika reaches out to Alex and tentatively reciprocates his feelings. Their secret trysts give them a chance to get close, haltingly at first, for every gesture, sentence and touch is new and exciting to them. They are afraid to do something wrong and yet everything they do is right. A turbulent, moving tale of first love set in a vast suburban conglomeration of tower blocks. The story might recall Romeo and Juliet but rather than being united in death, the lovers here are united in life.


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