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 for vengeance upon those who have done her wrong – and later in the film we see a collection of the Angelique novels in the…

Ariel

Ariel (1988)

Ariel 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 edited some 20 films, which is about a fifth of Finland’s cinematic output since the Eighties. His films, however, have always proven more popular abroad…

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 are all drab and faded. “Everything’s the same here,” as one character puts it, “but it’s just a little worse.” He might just as well…