In the punk rock era of the late 1970s three restless teenagers, two boys and a girl, spend their time in and out of a special class for problem kids. Jussi seldom sees his parents at home,... See full summary »
In the punk rock era of the late 1970s three restless teenagers, two boys and a girl, spend their time in and out of a special class for problem kids. Jussi seldom sees his parents at home, so he is free to indulge in petty crimes, pranks, and getting drunk with his friend Pete. Jussi falls in love with equally rebellious classmate Lissu (Aki Kaurismäki's favourite actress Kati Outinen in her debut role), but the lovers' plan to run away together fails dramatically. Written by
This movie brings me some frightening childhood memories. This was the reality I was growing up in and it explains why I never went to the toilet at school. Watching this I became also relieved because I got an insight into the problems the bigger guys had and I now understand that much of my fears were exaggerated.
I am sorry, and I am well aware that this movie is not about me but "Täältä tullaan, elämä" is a trip to my personal Stone Age, the early eighties when all the bullies at school relieved their frustrations by listening to punk rock and smashing some things into pieces. I didn't understand anything about that young anarchy back then but this movie gave me a valuable insight.
The concept of the movie is the most ordinary one: a young boy discovering life's mysteries by learning by trial and error. Nothing surprising but it is interesting because it is about life. There are however some stereotypic characters, like the over-dominant school principal, but the special class teacher character seem to have some other level too than the teacher's one.
The boy who lead the main role hardly ever appeared in any other film, and he actually does very little acting in this too. He's just quiet for the most of the time. The fans of Kati Outinen get to spot her as the girl of the story.
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