WHEN I WAS A CHILD (1969)


WHEN I WAS A CHILD

KAI AŠ MAŽAS BUVAU

Directed by Algirdas Araminas
1969 / 70’ / Lithuanian Film Studio

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Original version: Lithuanian
Genre: Drama
Written by Algirdas Araminas, Icchokas Meras
Cinematography by Donatas Pečiūra
Music by Algimantas Apanavičius
Art directors Algirdas Ničius
Costume design Viktorija Bimbaitė
Cast: Gediminas Karka, Vytautas Kernagis, Henrika Hokušaitė, Elena Remišauskienė, Elena Savukynaitė, Julija Kavaliauskaitė, Kazimieras Valaitis, Dalia Krikščiūnaitė, Linas Kriščiūnas, Bronius Babkauskas, Jonas Kavaliauskas, Juozas Miltinis
  • Best directing award in Baltic, Belarusian and Moldovan Film Festival in Minsk (1969).

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About the film:

Neringa Kažukauskaitė

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.