Leningrad Cowboys Go America
This cheerfully slapdash, cartoon-like road movie involves a band from ‘somewhere in the Tundra’ that winds up playing all over the US.
Kaurismäki transformed a Finnish band, Sleepy Sleepers, into the fictitious but wonderfully eccentric Cowboys, who fall foul of Soviet officialdom but head for America where 'they’ll take anything'. With a title inspired by The Marx Bros' Go West, the film is the director’s funniest, thanks largely to Matti Pellonpää’s droll performance as the band’s manager. Jim Jarmusch crops up as a used-car salesman.
- David Stratton
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