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October 1990 (USA) See more »
The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Seven rounds with Aki Kaurismäki
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Emotional turmoil of marginal characters from small towns who emerge victorious against all odds See more (18 total) »


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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
Tomi Salmela ... Vartija
Reijo Marin ... Vartija
Heikki Salomaa ... Vartija
Veikko Uusimäki ... Pormestari
Esko Salminen ... Roisto
Hannu Kivisalo ... Portieeri
Pekka Wilen ... Laivuri
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Vartija (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Aki Kaurismäki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aki Kaurismäki  writer

Produced by
Aki Kaurismäki .... producer
Original Music by
Bill Casey 
Rauli Somerjoki 
Taisto Tammi 
Olavi Virta 
Cinematography by
Timo Salminen 
Film Editing by
Raija Talvio 
Production Design by
Risto Karhula 
Costume Design by
Tuula Hilkamo 
Production Management
Erkki Lume .... unit manager
Jaakko Talaskivi .... production manager
Heikki Ukkonen .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pauli Pentti .... assistant director
Art Department
Simo Sulva .... property master
Sound Department
Veikko Aaltonen .... sound assistant
Jouko Lumme .... sound
Kjell Westman .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Marja-Leena Helin .... still photographer
Juuso Hirvikangas .... gaffer
Timo Markko .... assistant camera
Mikko Mattila .... gaffer
Heikki Ortamo .... assistant camera
Olli Varja .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sirkka Rautiainen .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Outi Hyytinen .... assistant editor
Pirjo Laivuori .... color grader
Timo Nousiainen .... color grader
Leena Palmu .... negative cutter
Music Department
Dmitri Shostakovich .... composer: additional music (as Dimitri Shostakovitch)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky .... composer: additional music (as Pjotr Tshaikovski)
Other crew
Haije Alanoja .... production secretary
Erkki Astala .... publicist
Marja-Leena Helin .... script supervisor

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73 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Aki Kaurismäki wrote the script over a weekend.See more »
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 Mexico or Brazil.
Mikkonen:Even better, but that costs money. You really think that I haven't planned it all a hundred times? First, you need three grand for a passport and ten more for the seamen to hide you in the cargo and to let you off somewhere around the equator. But it's dangerous. If the cargo begins to shift in a storm... Many have died that way. You must go underground until you get a passport and find the right ship.
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen:How many years do you have left?
Mikkonen:Eight years for manslaughter, but I'm innocent.
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Emotional turmoil of marginal characters from small towns who emerge victorious against all odds, 2 December 2008
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from Paris, France

A new trend has emerged in world cinema which consists of portraying marginal characters from small towns who are unable to make better lives for themselves.It has been appreciated both by critics as well as ordinary film lovers as they are fed up of imaginary tales about urban centers which are nothing but an eyewash.Many filmmakers from Europe have explored this trend in their films in order to give audiences worldwide a realistic dose of humanity coupled with realism.Ariel is one such film directed by maverick Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki whose films have always made a point to portray harsh socio economic realities of Finland.Ariel is a film with universal sense of purpose as by depicting human mobility,a challenging film about a primitive human instinct has been filmed.Aki Kaurismaki shows us how his protagonist Taisto Kasurinen battles all odds to gain love,respect and trust in his difficult life full of unexpected challenges.A curious element that must be noted by an astute viewer about Ariel is that it is not at all a thriller film although rapid succession of events might suggest such a plausibility.There is a place for every possible genre in Ariel.We see comedy,drama and thriller all at the same time interspersed with natural beauty of icy Finnish landscape which has been popularized due to films by Aki Kaurismaki and his equally charismatic filmmaker brother Mika Kaurismaki.

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