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Ariel (1988)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | October 1990 (USA)
A Finnish man goes to the city to find a job after the mine where he worked is closed and his father commits suicide.

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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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1.85 : 1
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Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja: [Taisto and Irmeli have just been on their first date] It's dark. Want to come up?
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: If its not too much trouble.
Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja: Coffee's all I've got.
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: Coffee's fine.
Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja: I'm divorced.
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: Don't let it get you down.
Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja: I've got a kid too.
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: Gives us a head start raising a family.
Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja: Are you always so confident?
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: No, this is my first time.
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Symphony No. 6 in B minor
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"No, we'll be together forever." ...Taisto :-)))
28 October 2004 | by (Missouri, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw my first Kaurismäki movie (Man Without a Past) a year ago and have seen and now own most of them. I love them all and watch them over and over, but Ariel is one of my favorites. The dark humor and irony is great, with all the usual elements of suicide, big, old American cars and cool music throughout, ending with the very appropriate "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in Finnish. All of Kaurismäki's movies demand every second of your attention or you will not "get it" and every time I watch one again, I notice something else. As to the gloom and doom, my Finnish friends tell me not to believe that Finland is truly as depicted here. :-))) I love the relationships: not gushy or fake, but faithful and just plain sweet. It seems much is understood without words and that's the way this movie is.


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