WHEN I WAS A CHILD
KAI AŠ MAŽAS BUVAU
- Best directing award in Baltic, Belarusian and Moldovan Film Festival in Minsk (1969).
About the film:
The plot of the film centres around the story of first love between high school graduates Tomas (Linas Krikščiūnas) and Eglė (Julija Kavaliauskaitė) that begins after the two skip a school excursion to an exhibition. The most important characteristic of the film is that it is permeated with a spirit of youth. Its core value lies in the depiction of exhilarated and spontaneous following of intoxicating sensations and experiences of first love, even if marred by the anguish of jealousy and disappointment, that lead to extraordinary moments such as soaring high on horses or water skis, long meanderings around Vilnius at night or dawn or escaping to nature. When the film first appeared on screens, it received criticism for the young protagonists’ passive position of life, detachment from the socialist reality and tendencies of the time. Despite that, When I Was A Child remains one of Algirdas Araminas’ most outstanding films that accurately conveys both the then era and the universal problems and moods of a young person’s coming-of-age rite of passage.