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

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  10 July 1998 (USA)
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Ilona
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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)

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ITL 394,049,000 (Italy) (2 May 1997)

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ITL 979,201,000 (Italy) (6 June 1997)
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Quotes

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Su cara
Music and arranged by Antero Jakoila
Performed by Ensemble Antero Jakoila
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A nice little movie
14 December 2002 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews



Well this is neither Italy in the forties or the fifties nor USA after the Great Depression though it could have happened there and then. Nor is this a neo-realistic movie made then by Visconti, Lattuada or De Sica though it sometimes looks like one. This is bright Finland of 1996 showing however its dark side too. Man and wife of a modest couple lose their jobs simultaneously and have to endure a lot of hardship trying to get employment again. Th story develops itself in a simple way without great flashes of style but it's true and human indeed with some touching episodes though not too melodramatic. The acting is not exceptionally good except in what concerns Kati Outinen whose face seems expressionless but whose marvellous eyes tell you everything that has to be said and is in her mind at every moment. Not a brilliant movie but quite an honest one and moving enough.


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