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Ariel (1988)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | October 1990 (USA)
A Finnish man goes to the city to find a job after the mine where he worked is closed and his father commits suicide.


Aki Kaurismäki


Aki Kaurismäki
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Turo Pajala ... Taisto Kasurinen
Susanna Haavisto Susanna Haavisto ... Irmeli
Matti Pellonpää ... Mikkonen
Eetu Hilkamo Eetu Hilkamo ... Riku
Erkki Pajala Erkki Pajala ... Kaivosmies
Matti Jaaranen Matti Jaaranen ... Pahoinpitelijä
Hannu Viholainen Hannu Viholainen ... Apuri
Jorma Markkula Jorma Markkula ... Prikkamies
Tarja Keinänen Tarja Keinänen ... Nainen satamassa
Eino Kuusela Eino Kuusela ... Mies rannalla
Kauko Laalo Kauko Laalo ... Asuntolanhoitaja
Jyrki Olsonen Jyrki Olsonen ... Mies Asuntolassa
Esko Nikkari ... Autokauppias
Marja Packalén Marja Packalén ... Tuomari (as Marja Packalen)
Mikko Remes Mikko Remes ... Vankilalääkäri


The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed suicide and who is framed for a crime he did not commit. In jail, he starts to dream about leaving the country and starting a new life. He escapes from prison but things don't go as planned... Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Comedy | Crime | Romance


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Aki Kaurismäki wrote the script over a weekend. See more »


When Kasurinen is accosted by the thugs at the hamburger joint, he keeps the half eaten burger on the dashboard before getting out of the car. When he regains consciousness and gets back in the car, the burger is missing. See more »


Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: Mikkonen!
Mikkonen: Take the money and run.
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Followed by The Match Factory Girl (1990) See more »


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A fascinating movie.
26 May 2014 | by Sue613See all my reviews

Synopsis: A good looking young guy inherits an old Cadillac convertible in Finland and the roof won't go up. He has no family or friends and has no work so he goes and looks for a better life or at least a way to survive. He is self sufficient and shows very little emotion in what life hands him. Luckily he isn't afraid to find work where he can but for some reason doesn't stand up for himself when wrongly accused of a crime.

Basically in my opinion it is about two people who are very lonely and find each other in a sad, cold,unfair world but you never hear them complain. The actors don't seem to be acting but are just every day folk. If you want to see something completely out of the ordinary then I highly recommend you see it. I recorded it off of TCM channel and watched it twice in the same day then I saved it.

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Release Date:

October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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