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Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994)
"Pidä huivista kiinni, Tatjana" (original title)

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Lugubrious Finns Valto and Reino take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living. But their reveries are interrupted by the arrival of ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tatjana
Matti Pellonpää ...
Reino
Kirsi Tykkyläinen ...
Klavdia
Mato Valtonen ...
Valto
Elina Salo ...
Hotel Receptionist
Irma Junnilainen ...
Valto's Mother
Veikko Lavi ...
Vepe
Pertti Husu ...
Pepe
Viktor Vassel ...
Bus Driver
Carl-Erik Calamnius ...
Petrol Station Attendant
Atte Blom ...
Barkeeper 1
Mauri Sumén ...
Barkeeper 2
Anu Aalto
Matti Ahjoniemi
Riitta Ahjoniemi
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Lugubrious Finns Valto and Reino take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living. But their reveries are interrupted by the arrival of garrulous Russian Klaudia and Estonian Tatiana - who are clearly interested in the two men, despite the language barrier. But what are the chances of getting a response from men who prefer staring at vodka bottles to talking? Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Not quite as good as before
26 November 1998 | by (Tonsberg, Norway) – See all my reviews

Finland circa 1965: Two greasy rockers on a joy(less?)ride in a souped-up Pobeda pick up two Russian girls on a bus stop. They make tentative efforts to get to know each other. And....

That's it, really!

Aki Kaurismäki is a master of minimalism. He uses ever so slight, naive gestures to depict vacuous people living empty lives. His men are always Brylcreemed, chain-smoking Vodka-drinking losers, his women are quaint, awkward little creatures starving for attention, which the men never grants them. All this, and some truly horrid vintage Finnish rock and tango-music.

Yet, "Tatiana" isn't up to his usual standards. The rock and tango is there, likewise the usual bleak landscapes and battered Eastern-European cars, but this time the plot is so vague as to be almost absent, and the comic relief is too thinly spread. It amounts to a retread of themes and scenes from earlier, better movies. It's almost a parody of a parody.

Kati Outinen certainly looks fitter and healthier than before, and she is the sole reason for watching the film. Matti Pellonpäa's character is never resolved, the man's lack of motivation and drive is painfully obvious. Why does he succumb to love at the end? It's never made clear. I have always wondered whether Kaurismäki makes films about Finns as he sees them, or rather as foreign prejudices will have them. In "Tatiana" I never bothered to ponder this question. The film is just light-hearted, plotless nostalgia, and doesn't merit any deeper analysis. Fortunately Kaurismäki has gone on to make better films than this.


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