Deti Iz Otelya Amerika (1991)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - Lithuania   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

"Woodstock" was the name of a rock concert held in upstate New York in the U.S. in 1969. It defined an era and its attitudes, particularly those of questioning authority, and trusting and enjoying the members of one's own generation. Along with an admirable idealism, participants favored free love and a laissez-faire view of drug-taking. Little wonder then that authorities then and now have taken a dim view of the whole proceeding. This drama and political allegory was filmed during the waning days of Russian control over the Baltic state of Lithuania and is set in the year of 1972 among the youths of Vilnius (capital of Lithuania) who are inspired by that epochal concert (and the music and movie which made it a real event even for those who could not attend it). They have formed a club entitled "Hotel America," and they want to share some of the good feelings they heard of so many enjoying, and thus they have gathered informally at a campsite near a lake outside the capital. There, a scene much like that in upstate New York takes place. However, it doesn't take long for the authorities to catch wind of the gathering, and their response to it is not nearly as sanguine as that of the authorities in the U.S. Instead, heads are bashed (and shaved) and children are returned in disgrace to their parents. Despite that, many of the resilient youths of this film manage to carry on with their lives.