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Lights in the Dusk (2006)

Laitakaupungin valot (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 3 February 2006 (Finland)
In Helsinki, a lonely night watchman is caught up in a series of misadventures with a femme fatale and a crooked businessman.

Director:

Aki Kaurismäki

Writer:

Aki Kaurismäki

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Janne Hyytiäinen ... Seppo Ilmari Koistinen
Maria Järvenhelmi ... Mirja
Maria Heiskanen ... Aila
Ilkka Koivula ... Lindholm
Sergei Doudko Sergei Doudko ... Russian
Andrei Gennadiev Andrei Gennadiev ... Russian
Arturas Pozdniakovas Arturas Pozdniakovas ... Russian
Matti Onnismaa Matti Onnismaa ... Shift Manager
Sulevi Peltola Sulevi Peltola ... Foreman
Antti Reini Antti Reini ... Security Guard
Neka Haapanen Neka Haapanen ... Security Guard
Santtu Karvonen Santtu Karvonen ... Security Guard
Sesa Lehto Sesa Lehto ... Security Guard
Jukka Rautiainen Jukka Rautiainen ... Security Guard
Jukka Salmi Jukka Salmi ... Security Guard
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Storyline

Koistinen is a sad sack, a man without affect or friends. He's a night-watchman in Helsinki with ideas of starting his own business, but nothing to go with those intentions. He sometimes talks a bit with a woman who runs a snack trailer near his work. Out of the blue, a young sophisticated blonde woman attaches herself to Koistinen. He thinks of her as his girlfriend, he takes her on her rounds. She's in league with a crook who's planning a jewel robbery, and Koistinen is their patsy. Will he ever wise up? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Finland | Germany | France | Italy | Sweden

Language:

Finnish | Russian

Release Date:

3 February 2006 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Lights in the Dusk See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaivokatu, Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,380,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,624 (Sweden), 14 August 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,757, 17 June 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,056
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (SRD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Suomen Filmikamari, which selects the Finnish candidate for Academy Awards Best Foreign-Language Picture, had already chosen Laitakaupungin valot in September 2006, but in October 2006 Aki Kaurismäki informed them that he did not want his film considered for that competition. This also meant that there was no Finnish entry in the Academy Awards pre-selection. See more »

Quotes

Bank Manager: [Bank manager is reviewing Koistinen's application for a small-business loan] Tell me, Koistinen... Are you some kind of comedian?
Koistinen: Why?
Bank Manager: Did you come to cheer us up? What are these papers? A trade school diploma... Did you think it will give you a loan of two hundred thousand - without any security, any guarantors?
Koistinen: I'll guarantee it myself, until the company gets going and...
Koistinen: [Interrupting him] Guarantees from trash like you are worthless.
Koistinen: But I've got an account here.
Bank Manager: I won't even take your ...
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Connections

References Shadows in Paradise (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Pieni tulitikkutyttö
Composed by Antero Jakoila
Performed by Antero Jakoila
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It is still Kaurismäki, is it?
21 March 2007 | by GilbertBrSee all my reviews

Compared to normal Hollywood movies I still enjoy Kaurismäki's films, but this is definitely not one of his best ones.

One of the biggest problems of this film is the director's attitude towards his main character. Koistinen's situation is getting worse with every action he takes. That's not the problem, but Kaurismäki doesn't offer a minimum of possible explanations to Koistinen's behaviour.

I don't expect a complete interpretation of his work by a director or by an author, but as a viewer of a film or as a reader of a book you need at least some information to start at. So I can only imagine that the reasons for Koistinen's behaviour lie in his state of mind and/or in his past.

But this is criticism at a high level. There are still some typical Kaurismäki-scenes in this film which I like a lot.


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