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Aki Kaurismäki (writer)
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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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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)
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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 
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)
Aspect Ratio:
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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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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Everything Kaurismaki worked towards in his career up to that point, 11 November 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

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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