Le Havre (2011)

Le Havre 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 Marcel Marx (André Wilms) tells young Gabonese refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel). The entire œuvre of Aki Kaurismäki, Finland’s poker-faced champion of downbeat humanism and…


Lights in the Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) (2006)

Lights in the Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) 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. Review: Lights In The Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) packs in a rock ‘n’ roll hero, a bar fight, gangsters, a femme fatale, a…

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 bat and steal his suitcase. After being pronounced dead at the hospital, the man recovers, but has completely lost all memory of who he was….

The Match Factory Girl

The Match Factory Girl (1990)

The Match Factory Girl first published by EyeforFilm, 16th Oct, 2007 The Match Factory Girl begins with a quote from Sergeanne Golon‘s Countess Angélique, one of a series of period novels concerning a young woman’s quest for vengeance upon those who have done her wrong – and later in the film we see a collection…


Ariel (1988)

Ariel first published by EyeforFilm, 16 Oct 2007 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 edited some 20 films, which is about a fifth of Finland’s cinematic output since the Eighties. His films, however, have always proven…

Shadows In Paradise

Shadows in Paradise (1986)

Shadows in Paradise first published by EyeforFilm (here slightly altered) 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 are all drab and faded. “Everything’s the same here,” as one character puts it, “but it’s just a little…