Shot in stylish black and white, it unfolds during an early-1980s summer in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), where rock devotees await the latest imported albums and bootleg recordings from the west; eagerly consuming forbidden music by The Beatles, Dylan, The Velvet Underground, Bowie and The Doors, alongside new-wave masters like the Sex Pistols, The Clash and Blondie. Amidst this covert cultural fervour, Mike (Roman Bilyk), a singer with a wildly popular band, lives with his girlfriend Natasha (Irina Starshenbaum), and their baby in a cramped shared apartment. But their relationship is complicated by the arrival of Viktor (Tee Yoo), who has a band of his own.
As passionate, melancholic and seductive as the artists it portrays, Leto manages to evoke a place and time but still feel as fresh as if it was tomorrow. It is a spirited requiem of a lost shared past, evoking the camaraderie and competitiveness of a group of rebellious, passionate young connoisseurs of western rock. You'll be inspired to rush home and dig out your favourite vinyl...
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