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Kauas pilvet karkaavat (1996)

The recession hits a couple in Helsinki.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ilona Koponen
... Lauri Koponen
... Rouva Sjöholm (Mrs. Sjöholm)
... Melartin
... Lajunen
Matti Onnismaa ... Forsström
... Lapsi valokuvassa (Child in the Photograph)
Pietari ... Pietari
... Pianisti (Pianist)
Markus Allan ... Orkesteri (Band)
Pauli Granfelt ... Orkesteri (Band)
Kari Lindqvist ... Orkesteri (Band)
Pentti Mutikainen ... Orkesteri (Band)
Tommi Parkkonen ... Orkesteri (Band)
Taisto Wesslin ... Orkesteri (Band)
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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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10 July 1998 (USA)  »

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FIM 5,562,154 (estimated)
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The film was originally meant to be a direct sequel to Shadows in Paradise (1986), with Matti Pellonpää reprising his famous role as Nikander. Since Pellonpää died during pre-production, Aki Kaurismäki rewrote the entire script. However, the characters played by Kati Outinen and Sakari Kuosmanen still retain the names they had in the previous film (Ilona and Melartin, respectively). See more »

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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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Kuumat tuulet
Composed by Rauno Lehtinen
Lyrics by Tuula Valkama
Arranged by Taisto Wesslin
Performed by Markus Allan and His Orchestra
Recorded and Mixed by Markku Kyyhkynen
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the film which enlightened me
11 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

I saw Drifting Clouds at a film festival, and I was truly blown away by the intense and true-to-life emotions this movie portrayed. Formerly being a Hollywood-action film kind of a guy, seeing Drifting Clouds has made me more open to artistic and especially foreign films. Director Kaurismaki is in my opinion one of the best directors in the world.


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