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Lights in the Dusk (2006)

Laitakaupungin valot (original title)
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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Details

Country:

Finland | Germany | France

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 USA:

$2,757, 17 June 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,056
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sputnik See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (SRD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Last film of legendary cinematographer Olavi Tuomi. See more »

Quotes

Mirja: [Worried that Koistinen will squeal] He'll talk. He'll tell them about me.
Lindholm: Koistinen will never betray you. He's loyal as a dog, a sentimental fool. My genius lies in understanding that.
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Connections

Follows The Man Without a Past (2002) See more »

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Tosca
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Jussi Björling
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the arid, bitter-sweet beauty of despair
26 October 2008 | by CountZero313See all my reviews

Night watchman Koiskinen lives an alienated life. Ridiculed and shunned by his workmates, regarded as incompetent by his employers, he lives alone, drinks alone, and only manages to talk in any decent way with the woman who sell hot dogs in the fast food stand. His life changes when a mysterious blond takes a sudden and unexpected interest in him.

As a Kaurismaki novice, I was struck by the spartan sets, strong primary colours, and the actors penchant for walking briskly into frames and then freezing, akin to amateur theatre in the village hall. Once you figure out it is all a send up, the film is fun and moves along quickly enough. The dry, pared down dialogue, lack of sentiment, and black humour are interspersed judiciously. There seems to be a record attempt for number of cigarettes smoked in a film going on. The Finnish attitude to alcohol makes Scotland seem like Utah. Throughout it all, Koiskinen infuriates with his passivity. His minor triumph at the end, finally making the right decision, is small, fleeting and perfect in this context. The film is both downbeat and uplifting. I don't recommend watching Kaurismaki films back-to-back, but as an antidote to an overdose of Transformers or Harry Potter, this works perfectly.


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