Thru The Wire (1987)

Original Title : Thru the Wire
Director : Aki Kaurismäki
Writer : Aki Kaurismäki
Genre : Short
Country : Finland
Language : Music Only
Producer : Aki Kaurismäki
IMDB ID : 0094143
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Thru The Wire (1987) - Aki Kaurismäki


The Leningrad Cow Boys 
Kirsi Tykkylainen the blonde girl


Nicky escapes from prison somewhere between Alabama and Utah, sometime in the future. He looks for his girl in the bars and hotels. All he can see in his new freedom is that no one cares for the future of human culture.


Jailbreak/escape set to music ***SPOILERS******SPOILERS*** To the tunes of a sax solo, the protagonist makes a jailbreak somewhere between Utah and Alabama (being a Finnish film - and by Aki Kaurismaki - this drollery is not unexpected) and we follow him through 4 brief acts titled Freedom, Danger, Punishment, and Finally Together. In "Freedom" he escapes through a hole in the fence and makes it to a hamburger stand and a hotel. In "Danger" he is running away from two men in black coats and ends up in the smoky atmosphere of a bar singing THRU THE WIRE with the Leningrad Cowboys (those of the "reverse ducktail" hairstyle that sticks a foot and a half in front of their faces, and boots with two foot curled toes). "Punishment" finds him shot in the back by the men in black coats who are pursuing him, and in "Finally Together" he is picked up by a blonde in a Chrysler (Kirsi Tykkylainen - who is also in the short "Those Were the Days" and sings this song in the concert film TOTAL BALALAIKA SHOW) and they escape whilst drinking Coke from a plastic bottle.