I can understand why writer-director Kirill Serebrennikov—who was banned from making movies in Russia after his incendiary satire The Student (2016)—wanted to make a film about Leningrad’s underground rock scene in the final years of the Soviet Union; he probably felt a sense of kinship with the artists of that movement, who used their medium to communicate dissatisfaction with the dominant social order. Given Serebrennikov’s sincere investment in the material and the liveliness of his filmmaking here, I wish I liked the movie more. But I couldn’t get past how egregiously this cribs from two films about British underground rock, Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People (2002) and Anton Corbijn’s Control (2007). Serebrennikov rips off the former film by having characters break the fourth wall to acknowledge when the story draws from rumors instead of confirmed fact; the influence of the latter can be felt in the high-contrast black-and-white widescreen cinematography. If you can disregard the derivativeness, this has some decent music and charismatic performances, and it provides some insights into the Western aspirations of Soviet youth culture. In Russian with subtitles.