The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or ... See full summary »
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As the first longer film by the Kaurismaki brothers, this film establishes the subtle, minimalistic and yet intellectual dialogue set in the unlikely backdrop of lower middle-class crime drama. The "Time rushes like a moose" -type of line said in a monotone voice is the stuff that the brothers became known for, and they use the dialogue deliciously. While the dialogue is already in place, the pace is a lot faster than in the future films - or maybe it is because of Mika's directing. But the basic Kaurismaki themes of lower middle-class honor, independence and friendship are there. Due to its faster pace (Kaurismaki films are usually criticized for being too slow), witty dialogue and certainly unusual theme of Finnish unorganized crime (outside Finland, at least), I hope that this film will be picked up by some independent film channels. This movie is actually entertaining! It really deserves wider exposure. Another point worth mentioning is the soundtrack. The movie has some Finnish rock classics from the 70's - it's definitely worth checking out if you get a chance.
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