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The Worthless (1982)
"Arvottomat" (original title)

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A criminal, his friend and his former girlfriend find their lives intertwining with each other.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matti Pellonpää ...
Pirkko Hämäläinen ...
Juuso Hirvikangas ...
Esko Nikkari ...
Jorma Markkula ...
Asmo Hurula ...
Ari Piispa ...
Aino Seppo ...
Veikko Aaltonen ...
Elina Kivihalme ...
Pentti Lahti ...
Sax Player
Pentti Auer ...
Aarre Karén ...
1# Poolshark
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2# Poolshark


A criminal, his friend and his former girlfriend find their lives intertwining with each other.

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15 October 1982 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

De arvlösa  »

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Manne: Perhaps we'll meet again.
Veera: Perhaps we can't avoid it.
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Matti Pellonpää's character's name Manne is falsely credited as Matti in the end credits. See more »


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Composed by Ray Stanley
Lyrics by Sauvo Puhtila
Performed by Rauli Somerjoki & Agents
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Arvottomat : An excellent film by Finnish cinema author Mika Kaurismaki about some kind, vulnerable losers in Helsinki.
31 March 2010 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

Cinema audiences are aware of Finnish cinema director Mika Kaurismaki's stature as an author largely due to his documentary films.The success of Arvottomat/The Worthless in Finland and elsewhere has proved that Mika Kaurismaki is also a good creator of fiction films.It is just a pity that he has decided to concentrate more on documentary films.It is while carefully watching "The Worthless" that a viewer can get a feeling that compared to his brother Aki Kaurismaki,Mika Kaurismaki's dialogs are wittier and full of innocent charm.Mika Kaurismaki and his team of dedicated actors Matti Pellonpää and Esko Nikkari ensure that dialogs are neither bland nor too short to be judged as devoid of meaning.A lot of creative energy has been spent to guarantee that this film's humor does not remain dead pan.In "Arvottomat", there is something for musical lovers too as its wonderful musical score makes viewers aware that Rock and Roll in Finland is absolutely similar to that of other countries.Good photography by long time Kaurismaki brothers cameraman Timo Salminen gets the best out of superb, natural views of Finland.It is a joy to see how Mika Kaurismaki is able to extract decent performances from his brother Aki Kaurismaki who plays a brief yet important role.Arvottomat/The worthless is a film which is likely to be classified as a road movie but it is really a sad tale of certain emotionally vulnerable men and women who are not able to form meaningful,constructive relationships in order to procure emotional richness in their dull,drab and disorderly lives.

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