Leningrad Cowboys Go America 1989 ★★★

This is an extremely bizarre, almost surreal comedy. Leningrad Cowboys Go America was my first Aki Kaurismaki film. I've always felt that I would love his work and this certainly didn't prove me wrong. The hairstyles and the deadpan delivery are extremely funny in a love it or hate it way.

It's easy to see why this film would have a cult following. Kaurismaki's style is very compelling and consistent - with direct mid-shots, text cards like chapter headings and the aforementioned writing/acting style.

All in all, this is a stylistically compelling film which in a simple, understated way is a very funny satire. I'm not sure if I can give this the 4/5 that I so desperately wanted to for most of its running time. It seemed to end with a whimper instead of a bang, for me. For this reason it'll take a second viewing for me to tell whether this is a fine one-note comedy or a great, substantial comedy. But in either case this shows Kaurismaki to be a very promising filmmaker.

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