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The Liar (1981)

Valehtelija (original title)
Talkative, hyperactive young drifter Ville Alfa goes around Helsinki, basically trying to borrow money from friends and strangers by means of an incessant delivery of quirky and snappy quasi-intellectual lines and fabricated excuses.

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Pirkko Hämäläinen ...
Tuula
Juuso Hirvikangas ...
Juuso
Lars Lindberg ...
Harri
Esa Sirkkunen ...
Olli
Jukka Järvelä ...
Man at Bar Counter
Marja Heiskanen ...
Kiosk Vendor
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Friend of Chandler
Mikko Mattila ...
Friend of Hemingway
Taina Nyström ...
Girl in Pavement Café
Eija Vilpas ...
Woman at Bar Counter
Toni Sulzbeck ...
Bum
Juhani Tommola ...
Doorman
Reino Markkanen
Paula Kaurismäki
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Talkative, hyperactive young drifter Ville Alfa goes around Helsinki, basically trying to borrow money from friends and strangers by means of an incessant delivery of quirky and snappy quasi-intellectual lines and fabricated excuses.

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28 February 1981 (Finland)  »

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Der Lügner  »

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Living In The Real World
Written by Jimmy Destri
Performed by Blondie
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Very French
16 March 2005 | by (Paris, Texas) – See all my reviews

Valehtelija (1981)

Valehtelija is an enjoyable pastiche of Breathless and other French New Wave films in which Aki Kaurismaki plays Ville Alfa, a young man with exceptional lying skills and a way with words. He treats people - his girlfriend and family members - badly and is extremely selfish. I found him both funny and sad.

Thanks to the clever writing and direction, the movie is quite successful in making Helsinki feel like Paris of the 60s. Ville Alfa's friends are intellectuals who are talking about literature and just hanging out, taking it easy. They bring some nice humor to their scenes.


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