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Films By Aki Kaurismäki

ARIEL (Aki Kaurismäki, 1988)
Ariel is the second film in a trilogy of films depicting Finland 1986-1989 that began with Shadows in Paradise (1986), and was completed with The Match Factory Girl (1989). It is the story of a young… Read more

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (Aki Kaurismäki, 1984)
Another screen version of Dostocvsky's novel, and one of the best Finnish films of recent years. Raskolnikov here is Rahikainen, a former law student, who now works in a slaughterhouse in Helsinki. O… Read more

HAMLET GOES BUSINESS (Aki Kaurismäki, 1987)
A "black and white underground, B-movie classical drama" born out of serious drinking with a friend, Hamlet Goes Business is the only one of Kaurismäki's films winch the director professes to like, … Read more

LA VIE DE BOHÈME (Aki Kaurismäki, )
... ... Aki Kaurismaki (subject of a 1990 MFF Spotlight) returns with a deadpan remake of La Boheme, which seems to owe as much to the comic bonhomie of Lubitsch's Design For Living, or the romantic … Read more

LENINGRAD COWBOYS GO AMERICA (Aki Kaurismäki, 1989)
The Leningrad Cowboys do not enjoy a great deal of success or talent. The boys are used to playing Russian songs written for an all-male choir. What they lack in talent or marketability, is compensat… Read more

LIGHTS IN THE DUSK (Aki Kaurismäki, 2006)
“Brilliantly efficient storytelling.” - BBC Passive and isolated, our hero Koistinen is a night watchman, an outcast rejected by the other security guards and snubbed by strangers at the local ba… Read more

Rocky VI (Aki Kaurismäki, 1986)
Rocky VI is a serious-minded declaration on cultural policy, a collision of Finnish patriotism, multinational mass entertainment and apolitical straightforwardness respectful to Eastern neighbours. A… Read more

SHADOWS IN PARADISE (Aki Kaurismäki, 1986)
Shadows in Paradise borrows its title from an Erich Maria Remarque novel about wartime refugees. It is an attempt by director Aki Kaurismaki at a realistic love story with scenes taking place in the … Read more

THE MATCH FACTORY GIRL (Aki Kaurismäki, 1989)
Humiliation and torment constitute the basic conditions of Iris's life. She is exploited at the factory, where she endures the drudgery of the production line, at home, where her parents hog her sala… Read more

TOTAL BALALAIKA SHOW (Aki Kaurismäki, 1993)
It's inspired. It's crazed. It's beyond imagining. It's a rock'n roll detente. A pop perestroika. It's the Total Balalaika Show! ... In the beginning there was an idea - a joke - an incredible one. T… Read more

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