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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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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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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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

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Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja: [Taisto and Irmeli have just been on their first date] What shall we do now?
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: Let's get married and have a child.
Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja: I already have a child.
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: That's good. We'll spare some time.
Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja: Are you always so self-confident?
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: This is the first time.
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Odotin pitkän illan
Composed by Kari Aava
Written by Reino Helismaa (as Rauni Kouta)
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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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