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Lights in the Dusk (2006)

Laitakaupungin valot (original title)
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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3 February 2006 (Finland)  »

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€1,380,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$14,018 (USA) (31 August 2007)
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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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References Shadows in Paradise (1986) See more »

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downward spiral
25 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is an excellent comment on the downward spiral of an individual resulting from a very unequal society with a faulty / oblivious criminal justice system that punishes the innocent, band-aids the symptoms of social ills, but does not address root causes, and the long term social effects of imprisonment. The little guy's life is ruined while the real criminals get away with anything - just like in the real world! Hard work gets you nowhere! Neither does loyalty! It presents in a wonderfully bittersweet way the existential angst of a life at the bottom, just scraping by, against the coldness and apathy of a kind of extreme-Darwinian world where life is brutish and short. Ultimately, a tiny crack of light opens at the end, through humans simply caring for each other. But, like in the real world, you might die before anything good happens. A very stylized film, filmed almost like a comic book, impeccably detailed, spare, and melancholy but beautiful.


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