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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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Erkki Pajala ...
Kaivosmies
Matti Jaaranen ...
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Hannu Viholainen ...
Apuri
Jorma Markkula ...
Prikkamies
Tarja Keinänen ...
Nainen satamassa
Eino Kuusela ...
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Kauko Laalo ...
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Jyrki Olsonen ...
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Esko Nikkari ...
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Marja Packalén ...
Tuomari (as Marja Packalen)
Mikko Remes ...
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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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Ariel  »

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1.85 : 1
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Aki Kaurismäki wrote the script over a weekend. See more »

Quotes

Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: Was your husband a drunk?
Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja: No, he found someone else.
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: Where?
Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja: I don't remember. The whole thing was a mistake. I hated him from the start.
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: That's unusual.
Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja: That's what you think.
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Soundtracks

Sateenkaaren tuolla puolen (Over the Rainbow)
Composed by Harold Arlen
Finnish lyrics Usko Kemppi
Performed by Olavi Virta
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short and sweet!
19 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

Further stabilizing his position among my favorite filmmakers, Aki Kaurismäki has crafted yet another masterpiece with "Ariel", a hilarious and heartbreaking love story that chronicles a life both destroyed and saved by crime.

Like he beautifully accomplishes in most of his films, Kaurismäki mixes dry humor and brooding melancholy in a realistic, natural manner. The atmosphere is layered with realism, but also playfulness. The story is layered with sadness, but also comedy. Kaurismäki masterfully translates all of the comedies and tragedies of life to the screen, populating this interpretation of the human experience with unconventional heroes and some of international cinema's most unexpectedly kind hearted characters. Kaurismäki humanizes those who would often be looked upon as despicable criminals in a way that makes me root for them more than I would for any superhero. This is not your conventional, mainstream Hollywood film, but it still remains entertaining and accessible. It is a quiet character study that blossoms into a love story, a black comedy, and a bleak crime drama all at once.


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