The interesting thing for me is that while I think many people in lots of cultures begin to question the reality they have been taught as they enter teenage years, in this case not only were they questioning it, the reality indeed was shifting for everyone, not just in their awareness as they matured.
Another thing that struck me with respect to age is when the teacher mom said that it is really complicated to teach soviet history to children. I started thinking about how difficult it would be to teach children history of any kind.. it is no wonder that the versions of history we learn as a child are so simplistic and carefully censored... how can a child be expected to understand the nuances of historically contextual situations? At the same time however, maybe this is also just testament to the fact that we as humans tend to complicate things that would be better if we kept them simple, and thought of things more as children do.
A last reflection on age in the film is that I think it makes you realize that no matter what is going on in the world in the grand scheme of things, people still need to live day to day. Children are still children with the worries of children, just as people continue to love and live and laugh and die.
My question for people basically is what did you think of the depiction and reflection on age in the movie? How does it help you understand or complicate the demise of the Soviet Union?