Lena is thirty years old and about to get married but she is going through a moment of crisis with her fiancé and can't give a name to the feeling of emptiness that surrounds her. Thanks to the companionship of her friends, she is able to mitigate part of her dissatisfaction, but in the long run she is tired of a life made of study, chit-chat, and evenings on the town. She only finds refuge in phone calls with a stranger she met by chance during a summer thunderstorm. An iconic film of the stagnation during the Brezhnev era, the portrait of a generation of Muscovites who are lost in their own dreams and deprived of a future.
“What I try to show in my movies are the feelings I remember from prewar Moscow. I always lived downtown and when, after the war, I finally returned to the city, I found another world. July Rain and I Am Twenty were inspired by walks I took in that period. In the first one, I wanted to give a feeling of distance, as though the actress was captured by chance in the crowd and the movie camera began to follow her like any other passer-by.”