Ranniye Zhuravli (1980)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USSR  |  
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Set in the rugged terrain of Kirghizia during World War II, this effective drama centers on the coming of age of a few young teens. Because all the adult males in the families have been called off to war, the fourteen-year-old Sultanmurat, like his friends, suddenly has to take on adult responsibilities. He does his best yet is regularly plagued by "growing-up" lessons. He cannot even show off his riding skills for the local young women without causing a minor disaster. That is not the worst of it though, he soon finds out that an uncle is involved in some shady deals.

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coming-of-age, responsibility, teenagers, uncle, war