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Ariel (1988)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | October 1990 (USA)
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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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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Aki Kaurismäki wrote the script over a weekend. See more »

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Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: Mikkonen!
Mikkonen: Take the money and run.
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Follows Shadows in Paradise (1986) See more »

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Turo Pajala's bad luck gets him into prison but he escapes
21 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I could watch a lot of movies like "Ariel" (1988) if they were made. It's that good, and it's so unembroidered. It cuts through or skips the usual time conventions of movies, avoiding any excess whatsoever in conversation, and gets right down to the actions that would culminate a big bunch of talk anyway. This is an amazing style. I wouldn't call this a comedy, as IMDb does. It's a neo-noir done in a terse style that's wry and deadpan, however.

The writer and director, Aki Kaurismäki, evidently knows exactly what he's doing and he has developed his own style. "The dialogue is famously laconic: the articulation is usually extremely unadorned, direct and in strict standard language, without showing much emotion or drama." The effect is to draw one into the story and characters. I've earlier reviewed his "Lights in the Dusk" (2006) (8/10), another excellent film. Also, I reviewed his "Crime and Punishment" (1983) (7/10) that I also like a great deal. Only with this third film have I connected the dots and realized he's the auteur here. Now I'm on the lookout for more of his work.

This is a crime story and the plot need not be given away. It's a story of overcoming obstacles in a world inhabited by both good guys, bad guys, and indifferent guys, and we see all in operation in this film.


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