Elyer Ishmukhamedov's 1967 film was deeply influenced by and tuned in to the French New Wave and the latest currents in Italian cinema, and there are long stretches in this incandescent film where you might think you're watching a lost Fellini classic. It's summertime in Tashkent, and these three intertwined stories of young love (the first sharing the name of the film itself, the other two named after their heroines, Lena and Mamura) seem to float over the screen like gossamer on a warm breeze. Tenderness is filled with unforgettable passages and images; you'll go home dreaming of its central image of boys and girls happily lounging in their inner tubes as they float down a river.

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