Picks and Pans Review: Is It Easy to Be Young?

updated 04/06/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/06/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

In contrast to the fresh-faced Young Communist League members usually seen in such films, Latvian director Yuris Podniek's ground-breaking documentary features break-dancers, zoned-out punks and crippled veterans of the war in Afghanistan. Questioning why a train was vandalized after a rock concert in Riga, the capital of Soviet Latvia, the film interviews more than a score of young Latvians. Their comments reveal a disturbing degree of alienation that cuts across a wide section of Soviet youth. Said one Moscow intellectual after seeing the daring film: "I expected to see police vans outside waiting to arrest the entire audience."

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