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 1980's finnish youth film aims to explain the parents what their young are doing and more importantly, why are the doing it.
the film has a good attitude, that is credible within youth even today, it doesn't try to push the bible in your face so to speak, on the contrary, it attempts, and succeeds to show what happens when the parents are thinking only of themselves and forget they have a family to run. naturally, even this approach has some critics. it's not necessary for a kid to have bad family conditions to become a 'hooligan'.
in any case, it's a good movie. the directing works, the description of the punk generation youth is quite believable, they act though and talk about drinking and getting laid but their attempts at it are mostly pathetic, and when someone acts threatenly towards them they either run or freeze. and it isn't a cheery teen movie ala american pie, this one makes you think, especially if you've had difficulties understanding rebelling teens.
the only thing the film really suffers from is the somewhat bad acting. obviously, real school kids were used as extras, and they look too excited about what's going on...but the real actors don't really succeed either. some special interest may be kati outinen's first acting job. the director keeps it all together, though, and some of the camera work is exceptional for a finnish film of this nature.
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