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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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Matti Onnismaa ...
Forsström
Matti Pellonpää ...
Lapsi valokuvassa (Child in the Photograph)
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Markus Allan ...
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Kari Lindqvist ...
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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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Man of Olympia: [after Lauri has recovered from beating] You start distantly reminding a human being.
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Kuumat tuulet
Composed by Rauno Lehtinen
Lyrics by Tuula Valkama
Arranged by Taisto Wesslin
Performed by Markus Allan and His Orchestra
Recorded and Mixed by Markku Kyyhkynen
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Clear, bright and quirky
15 June 2003 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

What I particularly like about this film are its colourful settings, suggesting a Helsinki less grey and damp as portrayed in other films. The screenplay, the acting and the directing are precise, which is the main reason why this sad story is really a comedy. The story is very clear and therefore not boring - a quality not applicable for every Kaurismäki film. Yet Ilona and Lauri's fate is surely not a classic example for what happens to Finn worker couples today, I think the bizarre surroundings underline the whole film's quirky and slightly absurd mood.

This is the best Kaurismäki film I've seen up to now.


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