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Le Havre (2011)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: Polyhyphenate Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki’s latest deadpan treat offers a haven for old-fashioned French values. Review: “I used to live a Bohemian life in Paris,” aging, down-at-heel … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lights in the Dusk (2006)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: In the final part of Finnish writer-director Aki Kaurismäki’s loser trilogy, a Helsinki night watchman is brought low by a treacherous dame and a venal society. … Continue reading

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The Man Without A Past (2002)

First published by Daily Info A man comes by nighttrain to Helsinki. As he sleeps on a park bench, three hoodlums beat him repeatedly about the head with a baseball … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Match Factory Girl (1990)

First published by EyeforFilm The Match Factory Girl begins with a quote from Sergeanne Golon’s Countess Angelique, one of a series of period novels concerning a humble young woman’s quest … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Ariel (1988)

First published by EyeforFilm Aki Kaurismäki’s first feature, Crime And Punishment (1983), updated and transplanted Dostoyevsky’s novel to present day Finland. Since then, the deadpan auteur has written, directed and … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Shadows in Paradise (1986)

First published by EyeforFilm In Goran Dukic’s Wristcutters: A Love Story, limbo is imagined as a place where no one ever smiles, where furnishings and cars all seem second-hand, where the colours … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

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