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14 January 1994 (Finland) See more »
Lugubrious Finns Valto and Reino take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Aki Kaurismäki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sakke Järvenpää 
Aki Kaurismäki 

Produced by
Aki Kaurismäki .... producer
Original Music by
Veikko Tuomi 
Cinematography by
Timo Salminen 
Film Editing by
Aki Kaurismäki 
Art Direction by
Kari Laine 
Markku Pätilä 
Jukka Salmi 
Costume Design by
Tuula Hilkamo 
Production Management
Jaakko Talaskivi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Erkki Astala .... assistant director
Sakke Järvenpää .... assistant director
Sound Department
Tom Forsström .... sound mixer
Juuso Hirvikangas .... assistant sound recordist
Jouko Lumme .... sound
Tellervo Savela .... syncher
Camera and Electrical Department
Heikki Färm .... assistant camera
Marja-Leena Helin .... still photographer
Markku Pätilä .... gaffer
Jukka Salmi .... gaffer
Olavi Tuomi .... gaffer
Olli Varja .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Tuija Kotamäki .... negative cutter
Timo Nousiainen .... light definition
Location Management
Kari Laine .... location manager
Other crew
Haije Alanoja .... production secretary
Erkki Astala .... publicist
Erja Dammert .... script supervisor
Jan-Eric Nyström .... titles
Sirkka Telaranta .... production accountant
Matti Heino .... thanks
Eero Laurén .... thanks
Heikki Niemi .... thanks
Jussi Raittinen .... thanks
Jukka Rautiainen .... thanks
Pertti Sundholm .... thanks
Raimo Suutari .... thanks
Ritva Tallamäki .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pidä huivista kiinni, Tatjana" - Finland (original title)
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62 min | Canada:65 min | Germany:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Most of the time when Matti Pellonpää drinks vodka in the film it is the real thing according to director Aki Kaurismäki.See more »
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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
The Irony of Silence in a Noisy World, 15 July 2003
Author: bluesdoctor from A Place is Just A Place

Two misfits go on a journey to nowhere, accompanied by a pair of Russian women hitching a ride. Reino (Matti Pellonpää), an alcoholic car mechanic who fancies himself a "rocker," and Valto (Mato Valtonen), an uptight Java-addicted refugee from a dominating mother, couldn't be more inchoate, confused, desperate, or lame. They are Lumpen Humanity, Flaky Foont's, absolute Prisoners of the Moment. It's impossible to separate the sorrow from the comedy. We're in a retro-land of old cars, beat-up hotels, a perpetual tobacco haze, and every road movie ever made, but one opposite to all cinematic convention, every film lie. Just as there's anti-matter, this is anti-Hollywood, a mirror image opposite.

Valto makes his car his palace, installs a portable coffee maker, has an underdash record machine into which he slips old rockabilly 45's like CD's. He's tense, takes a torch to the suit he always wears to iron out the creases, and only speaks when absolutely necessary. Reino, his alter ego, is voluble, brags about the doomed and dangerous life of a "rocker," greases his hair AND moustache, and is completely helpless around the Estonian woman, Tatiana (Kati Outinen), he's attracted to. For mementos' sake, waiflike Tatiana arbitrarily snaps photos of objects around her, like the car's engine which the men are bent over. Her companion, Klaudia (Kirsi Tykkläinen), is more stolid, tougher, calls the men dummies to their faces in Russian. The couples' match-ups are fitting, the failed dreamer with his spacey waif, the repressed nerd with a heavyset shrew, proxy for his bossy mother. They offer an exercise in disconnection.

We laugh, feel sure of our superiority to these fools, but Kaurismäki forces us to look at them, over and over, in real time, as they sit there, each in his or her own shabby envelope of silence. Right before our eyes, Valto, the braggadocio clown, slowly gets sadder and sadder, more and more crumpled and broken. The lines of his face deepen, tufts of hair stick out from his head. His reaching out to Tatiana is Chaplinesque, as innocent as the clumsy gropings of an infant. They retreat together into a ramshackle unpainted wooden house on the stoop of which a few children loiter like unkempt angels, a foreshadowing of the couple's own. Valto isn't so lucky, can't break free, as is expressed in a violent dream, which comes out of nowhere and breaks the silence with shattering glass.

Oddly, perhaps because most unencumbered by plot, this is the warmest, most tender of Kaurismäki's movies I've seen.

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