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Writer:
Aki Kaurismäki (writer)
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Release Date:
October 1990 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(12 articles)
Disney 53: The Little Mermaid
 (From The Hollywood News. 21 July 2013, 5:00 AM, PDT)

Seven rounds with Aki Kaurismäki
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 5 April 2012, 3:39 AM, PDT)

Aki Kaurismäki
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 30 March 2012, 4:05 PM, PDT)

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Nobody hurry up and get excited... See more (18 total) »

Cast

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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
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Sakari Kuosmanen ... Vartija (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Aki Kaurismäki 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aki Kaurismäki  writer

Produced by
Aki Kaurismäki .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bill Casey 
Melrose 
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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Runtime:
73 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Aki Kaurismäki wrote the script over a weekend.See more »
Quotes:
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen:Mikkonen!
Mikkonen:Take the money and run.
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Movie Connections:
Features High Sierra (1941)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 9 in E flat majorSee more »

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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Nobody hurry up and get excited..., 2 December 1999
Author: liehtzu from North Thailand

There is an overwhelming sense of calm in Aki Kaurismaki's 1988 pseudo-masterpiece "Ariel." As in all of the Finnish director's films, no one is in a genuine rush to get anywhere. But it's not calm in a Wenders way or a Kiarostami way - underneath Kaurismaki seems more than a little bitter. Of course, that doesn't keep him from keeping a sense of humor about things, though the humor itself is so muted as to be practically imperceptible to the inattentive viewer (or even to the attentive one, for that matter). Kaurismaki's calm is that of world-weary resignation, a resignation that extends to the point of being able to make life and death decisions without so much as thinking or even making a facial gesture besides. . .deadpan.

Deadpan is the look that is all over Taisto, the chain-smoking former miner looking for new work and a new life. What a guy. This is not to say that "Ariel" isn't enjoyable. On the contrary, if you can allow yourself to fall into Kaurismaki's off-kilter world view then "Ariel" is positively great. As a viewer, though, one must be willing to sit through the extremes of minimalism and find humor in odd places. In a way, "Ariel" is like "Raising Arizona" on heavy sedatives and, as with that film, you either get it or you don't. If you do, then by the final scene in which the central characters depart toward an uncertain future while "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (sung in Finnish, of course) plays in the background, you will. . .well. . .likely want to have a cigarette, at the very least.

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