The Tender Age
Directed by Sergei Solov'ev
Written by Dmitrii Solov'ev and Sergei Solov'ev. Cinematography by
Pavel Lebeshev. With Dmitrii Solov'ev, Elena Damaeva, Nikolai
Chindiaikin, Kirill Lavrov, Liudmila Savel'eva, Sergei Garmash,
Ol'ga Sidorova, Irina Grigor'eva, Valentin Gaft, Andrei Panin.
In his most recent film, The Tender Age, which premiered at the Pushkin House in Moscow on February 14 of this year, director Sergei Solov'ev continues his exploration of the theme of youth. The director's son plays the main role in this episodic, bitingly humorous portrayal of the eclectic tastes of the young or "lost" generation in contemporary, "postmodern" (Perrestroika/post-Soviet) Russia. Although Aleksandr Kondukov of KinoIzm writes in his article entitled "Dying of Tenderness" that the film "bores into the viewer" turning him or her into a "weak-willed, cynical impotent," the film has thus far been well received by Russian audiences, receiving high ratings from both critics and moviegoers.
Sergei Aleksandrovich Solov'ev was born 25 August 1944
in Kem', Karelia province. He graduated from VGIK in 1969. He was named
as an honored artist by the Soveit government in 1979, and now works as
a scriptwriter, director, and, occasionally, as an actor.
I sincerely feel that the best and most
important years of a human life are between the ages of, say, twleve to
twenty-five. It is at that moment when a person is fully formulated as an
individual. At that moment the same energy of resistance to the world
that Tolstoy identified as the highest form of energy begins to
work—the energy that comes when a person deals with the universe
and with God.