The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or ... See full summary »
A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks... And a tale about love.
Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a ... See full summary »
The narrative revolves around police officer Amadeus Warnebring, tone-deaf scion of a distinguished musical family, and his attempts to track down a group of six guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city. The drumming set pieces correspond to an avant-garde score with four hilariously titled movements. Where the short involved the six drummers imaginatively using standard apartment furnishings as their instruments, the feature unleashes them on an unspecified city's civic and cultural institutions. Including an amusing backstory for each of the soberly dressed drummers as well as their nemesis, music-hating investigator Warnebring, the film creates a treat for the eyes and ears from the dull, repetitive sounds of everyday life. Written by
Palm Springs Internation Film Festival
Very inventive premise will either charm you or annoy you depending on your tolerance of whimsy
Sound of Noise actually manages the very rare feat of laying out a unique spin on the detective/police procedural format. Oh the elements are there, there's a cop, there's a band of "terrorists" who are always two steps ahead, there's a personal connection between the acts of the terrorists and the detective's home life, there's a very neat cat and mouse game between the detective and the leader of the terrorists (who happens to be a blond woman) but of course the fact that the band of terrorists are all frustrated musicians and that the act of terror they're spreading is musical based (they get together at various locations and "play" any object that's around--staging these very performance art like set pieces in areas and pretty much annoying the heck out of everyone who happens to be around) This movie is definitely far more original then any other cop movie is these days. (well any that i can think of as of the time i'm writing this at least) Of course none of that originality wouldn't mean anything if the pacing of the movie weren't tight, or if the lead character's personal life weren't also interesting, or if the suspense of what the detective is actually going to do once he captures this band of terrorists (or even if he wants to capture them given his personal background) I have to give a lot of credit to this movie for being pretty original in that even with a well worn format i still had little idea where the movie was ultimately going to go--and if the last ten or twenty minutes don't exactly play out the way you'd like them to--that's pretty OK because quite honestly i'm not sure i could've come up with a better ending either. (and really the more i think about it the more i quite like the ending--it very much matches the tone and events of what came before and what we've come to know about the 2 leading characters throughout the movie) Will this movie hold up on repeat viewing? i'd like to think so--even if the frustrated musical terrorists ultimately become annoying---i really really really quite enjoyed the detective's back story and how his back story plays into his need to capture this band of terrorists. Its actually kind of a cute love story in a way, a bizarre one, but definitely a cute one. About that background of the cop tho---when you read the following sentence--you're reaction to it should indicate whether you'd be charmed or annoyed by this film. The lead detective happens to not especially care for music because he comes from a family of well known music lovers--his brother is a conductor for the local symphony while he himself is rather tone deaf and clueless about what makes good music--so of course it should fall to him to stop this musical band of terrorists from spreading their own brand of "music" around town. I'm telling you right now--if that bit of whimsy makes you wanna hit your computer screen then this movie is definitely not for you--but then again what are you doing looking at these user comments here in the first place if not to check this one out a little bit???
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