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Crime and Punishment -- An brand new cinematic adaptation of Dostoevsky’s classic novel for the new millenium, while staying true the original text to present an accurate Rodion, the most famous student killer in literature.


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An adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novel, set in modern Helsinki. Slaughterhouse worker Rahikainen murders a man... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Aki Kaurismaki makes a great film influenced by Russian literature classic "Crime and Punishment" written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)
Markku Toikka ... Antti Rahikainen
Aino Seppo ... Eeva Laakso
Esko Nikkari ... Inspector Pennanen
Olli Tuominen ... Detective Snellman
Hannu Lauri ... Department head Heinonen
Matti Pellonpää ... Nikander
Pentti Auer ... Kari Honkanen
Asmo Hurula ... Bartender
Tiina Pirhonen ... Maid
Kari Sorvali ... Sormunen
Risto Aaltonen ... Painter
Tarja Keinänen ... Mrs. Pennanen
Harri Marstio ... Singer

Directed by
Aki Kaurismäki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fyodor Dostoevsky  novel
Aki Kaurismäki  screenplay
Pauli Pentti  screenplay

Produced by
Mika Kaurismäki .... producer
Original Music by
Pedro Hietanen 
Cinematography by
Timo Salminen 
Film Editing by
Veikko Aaltonen 
Production Design by
Matti Jaaranen 
Costume Design by
Marja Uusitalo 
Sound Department
Matti Kuortti .... sound
Mikael Sievers .... sound
Kjell Westman .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Rikos ja rangaistus" - Finland (original title)
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USA:93 min
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Eeva Laakso:What's the matter with him?
Antti Rahikainen:Nothing. He's dead.
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Aki Kaurismaki makes a great film influenced by Russian literature classic "Crime and Punishment" written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky., 8 March 2010
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world

By making "Crime and Punishment",director Aki Kaurismaki has given some typical Finnish touches to a Russian literature classic. Seriousness in all scenes is evident in this film set in Helsinki where protagonists Antti Rahikainen and Eeva Laakso are so honest in their portrayals as victims that viewers get a feeling that they are watching a drama film which has shades of a criminal act.One is a victim of life whereas another person is a victim of circumstances.This effect can be seen in absolutely dead pan performances by Finnish actors Mr.Markku Toikka and Ms.Aino Seppo who convincingly play their parts.By making "Crime and Punishment",Aki Kaurismaki has also joined a select league of reputed filmmakers such as Luchino Visconti,Andrzej Zulawski and Makk Karoly who have made films based on works by famous Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky who is considered as an undisputed master of human psychology.What works in Mr.Kaurismaki's favor is the fact that his film "Rikos Ja Rangaistus" is a faithful adaptation of Russian classic "Crime and Punishment".Some of the scenes in this film have been shot in such a natural manner that viewers will tend to believe that "Rikos Ja Rangaistus" has just been influenced by "Crime and Punishment". Mr.Kaurismaki is modest when he suggests that he has made a good film in his "so-called" career as he can never make a classic film.However, Rikos Ja Rangaistus is already hailed as a classic film as Mr. Kaurismaki has taken perfect care of script and thereby extracted wonderful performances from all his actors.

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