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Crime and Punishment (1983)

Rikos ja rangaistus (original title)
An adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novel, set in modern Helsinki. Slaughterhouse worker Rahikainen murders a man, and is forced to live with the consequences of his actions.

Director:

Aki Kaurismäki

Writers:

Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel), Aki Kaurismäki (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Markku Toikka ... Antti Rahikainen
Aino Seppo Aino Seppo ... Eeva Laakso
Esko Nikkari Esko Nikkari ... Inspector Pennanen
Hannu Lauri Hannu Lauri ... Department Head Heinonen
Olli Tuominen Olli Tuominen ... Detective Snellman
Matti Pellonpää ... Nikander
Harri Marstio Harri Marstio ... Singer of the Restaurant Band
Pedro Hietanen Pedro Hietanen ... Pianist of the Restaurant Band (as Pedro's Heavy Gentlemen)
Hannu Lemola Hannu Lemola ... Drummer of the Restaurant Band (as Pedro's Heavy Gentlemen)
Kari Sorvali Kari Sorvali ... Sormunen
Pentti Auer Pentti Auer ... Kari Honkanen
Asmo Hurula Asmo Hurula ... Bartender
Risto Aaltonen Risto Aaltonen ... Painter
Tarja Keinänen Tarja Keinänen ... Mrs. Pennanen
Tiina Pirhonen Tiina Pirhonen ... Maid
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An adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novel, set in modern Helsinki. Slaughterhouse worker Rahikainen murders a man, and is forced to live with the consequences of his actions. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

2 December 1983 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime and Punishment See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Villealfa Filmproductions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Eeva Laakso: What's the matter with him?
Antti Rahikainen: Nothing. He's dead.
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Version of Fear (1946) See more »

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A moody, thought-provoking film
8 September 2001 | by CoraxSee all my reviews

This film was a positive surprise, compared to the general style films are made these days. It follows Dostoyevsky's novel's lines in a modern environment. The people were mostly very minimalistically and unemotionally potrayed, but still their thoughts and emotions could be read from their eyes and the way they stood, moved and paced their speech. The general feel of the surroundings is very oppressive, almost if seen through the eyes of the two main characters. Simply put, the film prunes all the extras away and concentrates on the ideas behind the story.

The plot had even some surprising twists, and the ending is done so, that it made me wonder that maybe Kaurismäki has some personal experiences of such feels of guilt and isolation as the main male character. This film, even if it's done nearly 20 years ago, is more than fit to make us think about our current world, and the direction we are heading.


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