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Drifting Clouds (1996)

Kauas pilvet karkaavat (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 10 July 1998 (USA)
The recession hits a couple in Helsinki.


Aki Kaurismäki


Aki Kaurismäki
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kati Outinen ... Ilona Koponen
Kari Väänänen ... Lauri Koponen
Elina Salo ... Rouva Sjöholm
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Melartin
Markku Peltola ... Lajunen
Matti Onnismaa Matti Onnismaa ... Forsström
Matti Pellonpää ... Lapsi valokuvassa (credit only)
Pietari Pietari ... Pietari
Shelley Fisher ... Pianisti
Markus Allan Markus Allan ... Orkesteri
Pauli Granfelt Pauli Granfelt ... Orkesteri
Kari Lindqvist Kari Lindqvist ... Orkesteri
Pentti Mutikainen Pentti Mutikainen ... Orkesteri
Tommi Parkkonen Tommi Parkkonen ... Orkesteri
Taisto Wesslin Taisto Wesslin ... Orkesteri


Tram driver Lauri loses his job. Shortly later, the restaurant where his wife Ilona works as a head waitress is closed. Too proud to receive money from the social welfare system, they strive to find new jobs. But they are completely unlucky and clumsy, one disaster is followed by the next. Written by Frank Wallner <wallnerf@informatik.tu-muenchen.de>

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Comedy | Drama


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One of the restaurants in this film is named "Dubrovnik". Scenes set in that restaurant were filmed at Yrjönkatu 18, which at time were not an actual restaurant. However, in summer 2005 at this location opened restaurant G18. Bit later the Andorra cinema, which is co-owned by Kaurismäki brothers, was converted into new form and one of the theatre halls was changed into Dubrovnik Lounge & Lobby. See more »


Ilona: I started as a dishwasher, then kitchen maid, then waiter until I got to be a head waiter. I could still be a waiter.
Ravintolapäällikkö (restaurant manager): I understand: but I can't help you... to be honest, you're too old for a waiter.
Ilona: I'm thirty-eight.
Ravintolapäällikkö (restaurant manager): There you go. You could drop dead any moment.
Ilona: You're over fifty yourself!
Ravintolapäällikkö (restaurant manager): That's different. I got contacts - and you smoke. You got life insurance?
Ilona: You wanna arm wrestle?
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References Night on Earth (1991) See more »


Myrskyn keskellä'
Music and lyrics by Marko Haavisto
Performed by Badding Rockers
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Less is more
27 April 2005 | by unkkaSee all my reviews

Celebration for unacting! If you like movies where less is saying more - this is your movie. The wonderful positive attitude of people in difficult situations is something to learn from. Kati Outinen is great - again. She suits this movie perfectly. Kari Väänänen as her husband is the perfect Finnish hard working man whose life isn't a struggle but an art-form it self. Also Markku Peltola as a cook gives once again a memorable performance. The music moves the scenes into another level. Finnish melancholic tango in this environment makes almost a conflict between the things happening in the screen and the music. What a wonderful tribute to Matti Pellonpää.

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Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drifting Clouds See more »

Filming Locations:

Punavuori, Helsinki, Finland See more »


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FIM5,562,154 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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