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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 »


Man of Olympia: [after Lauri has recovered from beating] You start distantly reminding a human being.
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Featured in Matka suomalaiseen elokuvaan: Naurua pimeässä (2006) See more »


Kohtalon tuulet
Composed and arranged by Taisto Wesslin
Lyrics by Pauli Ylitalo
Performed by Markus Allan and His Orchestra
Recorded and Mixed by Markku Kyyhkynen
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One of Kaurismäki's saddest films
18 May 2018 | by xtian_durdenSee all my reviews

"Life is short and miserable. Be merry while you can."

I hope that every sad loser in life and every person who is kind but is faced with tremendous misfortune has a happy ending.

This film is dedicated to Aki Kaurismäki's most prominent collaborator and friend, Matti Pellonpää, who was supposed to reprise his role in Shadows in Paradise in this film, which was meant to be the sequel.

He died of a heart attack and was only 44. Maybe, after all, Aki Kaurismäki's cinematic lens pale in comparison to real life's tragedy.

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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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