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Ariel (1988)

 -  Drama  -  October 1990 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Turo Pajala ...
Taisto Kasurinen
Susanna Haavisto ...
Irmeli Pihlaja
Matti Pellonpää ...
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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Aki Kaurismäki wrote the script over a weekend. See more »

Quotes

Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: [Taisto is discussing with his cell-mate] Listen, Mikkonen!
Mikkonen: I don't think I can help it.
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: I have decided to get out of here soon.
Mikkonen: I see. How?
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: Don't know yet. Somehow.
Mikkonen: Getting out of here is no big deal; many people have made it. But they've been brought back and ended up doing twice as much time as before. That's because they have stayed here or gone to Sweden or headed to the nearest bar and got loaded. You've got to go further away. Italy or Africa, first at least.
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: I've been thinking about ...
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Kylmä rakkaus
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Everything Kaurismaki worked towards in his career up to that point
11 November 2008 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

There's something that seems deeply contradictory to the very nature of Kaurismaki's stuff - cinema which at the same time invites the viewer to pay closer attention while shunning him with his trademark apathy and deadpan humour. His characters appear hard, untearful and unselfpitying, their sentiments hermetically sealed behind glacial walls of Finnish unfeeling, yet behind the expressionless mask burn desire and pathos, the truly human stuff. It is not about negation, though it may seem so at first.

Everything Kaurismaki worked towards in his career up to Ariel is brought to a glorious, brilliant blooming here. Composition, shot selection, framing and lighting, everything clicks together to form a cinematic language that threatens to burst at the seams with meaningful restraint. Restraint in which silence communicates. His mastering of the craft so much perfected that dialogue becomes largely irrelevant. There are few lines and they appear to be utilized as a stylistic manner, short and delivered with deadpan unaffection, more than exposition.

Indeed Ariel is a movie mostly told in a visual manner, built upon scene by scene, in a steady and hypnotic succession not concerned with reaching emotionally draining highs and lows as much as with building an unbreakable rhythm of its own. And so it does, to the point that a 69 minute movie appears to last much longer, without outstaying its welcome.


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