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Cast overview, first billed only:
Turo Pajala ...
Taisto Kasurinen
Susanna Haavisto ...
Irmeli Pihlaja
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Mikkonen
Eetu Hilkamo ...
Riku
Erkki Pajala ...
Kaivosmies
Matti Jaaranen ...
Pahoinpitelijä
Hannu Viholainen ...
Apuri
Jorma Markkula ...
Prikkamies
Tarja Keinänen ...
Nainen Satamassa
Eino Kuusela ...
Mies rannalla
Kauko Laalo ...
Asuntolanhoitaja
Jyrki Olsonen ...
Mies Asuntolassa
Esko Nikkari ...
Autokauppias
Marja Packalén ...
Tuomari (as Marja Packalen)
Mikko Remes ...
Vankilalääkäri
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The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed suicide and who is framed for a crime he did not commit. In jail, he starts to dream about leaving the country and starting a new life. He escapes from prison but things don't go as planned... Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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October 1990 (USA)  »

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Ariel  »

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Aki Kaurismäki wrote the script over a weekend. See more »

Quotes

Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: Mikkonen!
Mikkonen: Take the money and run.
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Features High Sierra (1941) See more »

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Kylmä rakkaus
Composed by Erik Lindström
Written by Reino Helismaa (as Rauni Kouta)
Performed by Olavi Virta
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Aki Kaurismaki:A Master Director having other thoughts for a movie
25 November 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I came to know about the Finnish master director Aki Kaurismaki from an article I read some days ago.When I checked out on his movies,I found them interesting all the way from the synopsis.So I decided to watch it.As I am having a copy of Ariel ,which was the second one in Proletariat Trilogy i started watching it.It was really a new experience for me from the usual clichés of a movie.Yes,I admit this movie too had clichés,clichés of one obtaining a new road for his life. The movie started off with the shutdown of a mine.Feeling tired off his own life,after advising his son Taisto,an old man commits suicide.When he came to know that nothing left for him to live in that place,the chain -smoker Taisto left the place after taking all his money from the bank account in his father's car.After that Taisto had to be with what the society had for him.He then passed through a robbery,romance with a divorced woman having a child ,then jailed for an unaccountable reason .But he had something in that world for him.That's how he came across Ariel.Ariel was a symbol of hope and happiness.But reaching there was extremely difficult as he had to face losses and the hard times he had to face. Some might feel the acting be emotionless.But believe me,I think Kaurismaki was trying to make understand everyone that while creating a movie of drama genre,there is no need to be over emotional in one's role.Instead if one goes through such a situation in real life the character won't be acting his emotions.Instead they would be in an emotional,nothing -to-live for style.The emotional content in this movie is very clear when Irmeli asked Taisto to be with her all her life ,the last words of Taisto's father before committing suicide and his friend's death wish. Every scene ends up with a darker frame which clearly states what the director was trying to tell through this movie.A movie without much dialogs.But they are there when needed.It's a good watch for a movie in drama genre.My rating for this movie is 8/10!!


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