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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 | Germany | France

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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Trivia

In the protagonists' new restaurant venture at the end, when at first no one will come in, finally, the first customer, then second as a his later arriving companion - both are significant real life luminaries of Finnish film: Atte Blom and Peter von Bagh, respectively. See more »

Quotes

Restaurant chief: [Ilona is applying a new job] To be honest, you're beginning to be too old.
Ilona: I'm 36.
Restaurant chief: You can pass away at any time.
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Soundtracks

Valot
Music and lyrics by Rauli Somerjoki
Arranged by Arto "Mamba" Koskinen
Performed by Rauli Somerjoki
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Touching, melancholic film
22 June 2002 | by jaakkochanSee all my reviews

The movie has a feeling of sinking ship. Yes, you heard right. The setbacks which haunts the maincharacters are so cruel that only real life can do something like this to people. I happen to live quite close to places where this has made, and friend of mine wondered how Kaurismaki had found such a ruined places from Helsinki! This looks like some dirty streets in NY! The actors and actresses are magnificent. And the music has it's melancholic feeling of autumn as ever. Yes, definably this is something you should see.


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