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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sputnik See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Sjöholm: When I was young I drunk many men under the table.
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Connections

References L'Argent (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Kuihtuu kesäinen maa
Written by Rauli Somerjoki /P. Vakkuri/J. Ollila
Performed by Rauli Somerjoki
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the film which enlightened me
11 June 1999 | by picabooSee 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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