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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.

Director:

Aki Kaurismäki

Writer:

Aki Kaurismäki
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Cast

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

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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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

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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Budget:

FIM 5,562,154 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

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References Night on Earth (1991) See more »

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Kuihtuu kesäinen maa
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Gloomy but good
10 February 2005 | by slake09See all my reviews

I particularly liked Man Without A Past, by the same director, and this is much in the same vein. A couple having financial difficulties tries to make their way. Sounds like all of us. Only this couple delivers delicious witty dialogue in a deadpan style that cracks me up every time. Even their fights and make ups are so understated that it's a style all it's own. Don't look for the obvious here, it's hidden under a layer of Finnish humor so opaque that you have to watch very closely to see even a glimmer of laughter in anyone's eye.

The film is gloomy, depressing, bleak, but somehow it does your heart good. Even when things seem to be at their worst, you can't help but feel that the hardworking and honest couple will manage to somehow get back on solid ground and right with the world. You want them to. You need them to. They simply must, or your poor little heart will break.

It's hard to describe this film because nothing much seems to happen, there are only the normal setbacks of life in the low income zone, but by the end you realize that you've seen a great movie and are happy with it. What helps keep you interested are the dialogue and the understated style. For example, why do all the men wear their hair the same way? Does anyone own clothes that aren't drab? Why does all the furniture look like it's from the 1950's? All these questions and more will occur to you while watching the film and wondering if anyone will ever crack a smile.


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