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Drifting Clouds (1996)
"Kauas pilvet karkaavat" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  10 July 1998 (USA)
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Ilona
Kari Väänänen ...
Lauri
Elina Salo ...
Rouva Sjöholm (Mrs. Sjöholm)
Sakari Kuosmanen ...
Melartin
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Lajunen
Matti Onnismaa ...
Forsström
Matti Pellonpää ...
Lapsi valokuvassa (Child in the Photograph)
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Markus Allan ...
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Tram driver Lauri loses his job. Shortly later, the restaurant where his wife Ilona works as a head waitress is closed. Too proud to receive money from the social welfare system, they strive to find new jobs. But they are completely unlucky and clumsy, one disaster is followed by the next. Written by Frank Wallner <wallnerf@informatik.tu-muenchen.de>

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FIM 5,562,154 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 394,049,000 (Italy) (2 May 1997)

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ITL 979,201,000 (Italy) (6 June 1997)
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Dedicated to the memory of Matti Pellonpää (who was frequently cast by director Aki Kaurismäki) for whom the main role was originally intended. The child who can be seen in the photo is Pellonpää, a homage. See more »

Quotes

Melartin: Let's take the whole bottle, it's cheaper
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References L'Atalante (1934) See more »

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Rodelinda (excerpt)
Music by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
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This film is about survival and loss of selfrespect and the struggle to regain it. I find it very warm and positive. An exploration into the mind of northern Europe and the old values.
9 May 2001 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This colorful film from Finland's great director Aki Kaurismäki is a warm and passionate (note that passionate isn't the same in Finland as in Spain)story of two working class heroes, Illona and Lauri, with their dog and square life. They are content with their existence and are investing in new furniture and a big television set, all on a payment plan. Work is hard and they don't get much time for each other, but they have pride. Then both of them loose their jobs and their self respect with that. They're proud people and will not go on well fare. There's a economic crisis in the country and jobs are hard to find. They have to take really crummy jobs to survive but are cheated and also Lauri discovers his health isn't what it used to be. They have a few deep looks into the depth of the bottle and any signs of ever getting back are slim. Then Illona, motivated by an ex fellow worker gets a plan... This film is about survival and loss of self respect and the struggle to regain it. I find it very warm and positive. An exploration into the mind of northern Europe and the old values. A good worker needs no help, he stands tall on his own. Also the tango music in the film is wonderful in it's bittersweetness. It's a story of change, when the old reality has to be updated and the pain that can cause.


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