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Lights in the Dusk (2006)
"Laitakaupungin valot" (original title)

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In Helsinki, a lonely night watchman is caught up in a series of misadventures with a femme fatale and a crooked businessman.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Janne Hyytiäinen ...
Koistinen
Maria Järvenhelmi ...
Mirja
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Aila
Ilkka Koivula ...
Lindholm
Sergei Doudko ...
Russian
Andrei Gennadiev ...
Russian
Arturas Pozdniakovas ...
Russian
Matti Onnismaa ...
Shift Manager
Sulevi Peltola ...
Foreman
Antti Reini ...
Security Guard
Neka Haapanen ...
Security Guard
Santtu Karvonen ...
Security Guard
Sesa Lehto ...
Security Guard
Jukka Rautiainen ...
Security Guard
Jukka Salmi ...
Security Guard
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Storyline

Koistenin is a sad sack, a man without affect or friends. He's a night-watchman in Helsinki with ideas of starting his own business, but nothing to go with those intentions. He sometimes talks a bit with a woman who runs a snack trailer near his work. Out of the blue, a young sophisticated blonde woman attaches herself to Koistenin. He thinks of her as his girlfriend, he takes her on her rounds. She's in league with a crook who's planning a jewel robbery, and Koistenin is their patsy. Will he ever wise up? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Budget:

€1,380,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,757 (USA) (15 June 2007)

Gross:

$14,018 (USA) (31 August 2007)
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Trivia

Suomen Filmikamari, which selects the Finnish candidate for Academy Awards Best Foreign-Language Picture, had already chosen Laitakaupungin valot in September 2006, but in October 2006 Aki Kaurismäki informed them that he did not want his film considered for that competition. This also meant that there was no Finnish entry in the Academy Awards pre-selection. See more »

Quotes

Shift Manager: And what was your name?
Koistinen: Koistinen. Just like before.
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Follows Drifting Clouds (1996) See more »

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La fanciulla del west
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Performed by Jussi Björling
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Kaurismaki is a god of cinema
8 February 2008 | by (Silver Lake, Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

Lights in the Dusk is another in the series of movies about Finnish life that contain the same elements; deadpan dialog, subtle humor, stubborn protagonists, semi-happy endings. If you're into this style of film, you'll really like it. However, it's an acquired taste, not for everyone.

Our anti-hero is a security guard, caught up in a criminal plot, ultimately taken advantage of by a beautiful femme fatale but redeemed by the love of a good woman. That sounds like a simple plot, but as seen in the movie it's anything but simple.

I've seen references to a trilogy, mentioning this film along with Man Without A Past and Drifting Clouds. That seems to ignore Match Factory Girl, which fits right in with the rest. I've seen most of Kaurismaki's work and liked everything, I really groove to the retro style, the deadpan acting, the plots which seem simple but are in fact very complicated.

If you like Kaurismaki, or are in the mood for something different, check it out. At the very least you'll remember it and think about it.


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