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Laitakaupungin valot (2006)

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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Janne Hyytiäinen ...
Koistinen
Maria Järvenhelmi ...
Mirja
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Aila
Ilkka Koivula ...
Lindholm
Sergei Doudko ...
Russian
Andrei Gennadiev ...
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Arturas Pozdniakovas ...
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Matti Onnismaa ...
Shift Manager
Sulevi Peltola ...
Foreman
Antti Reini ...
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Neka Haapanen ...
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Santtu Karvonen ...
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Sesa Lehto ...
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Jukka Rautiainen ...
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Jukka Salmi ...
Security Guard
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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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Lights in the Dusk  »

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€1,380,000 (estimated)

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

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$14,018 (USA) (31 August 2007)
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Last film of legendary cinematographer Olavi Tuomi. See more »

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Bank Manager: [Bank manager is reviewing Koistinen's application for a small-business loan] Tell me, Koistinen... Are you some kind of comedian?
Koistinen: Why?
Bank Manager: Did you come to cheer us up? What are these papers? A trade school diploma... Did you think it will give you a loan of two hundred thousand - without any security, any guarantors?
Koistinen: I'll guarantee it myself, until the company gets going and...
Koistinen: [Interrupting him] Guarantees from trash like you are worthless.
Koistinen: But I've got an account here.
Bank Manager: I won't even take your ...
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Follows The Man Without a Past (2002) See more »

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El día que me quieras
Carlos Gardel
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simple yet memorable film
24 April 2009 | by (Sudost, United States) – See all my reviews

I love foreign films. Maybe its because they aren't spoiled with the propaganda and commercialization prevalent in Hollywood films. This little jewel has made a place as one of my favorites. I discovered it on the Sundance Channel one day in August but I didn't watch it all. Even then I realized it would be best to watch it in colder weather to match the climate on the film. I only watch Dr. Zhivago in January or February. This film is wonderfully minimalistic. It doesn't tax your brain but is never boring due to the absorbing cinematography. Also, I love films that have a lot of quiet passages and this one does not disappoint. Thank God for movies like this. They cleanse the palate of inferior Hollywood drivel.


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