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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 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 ... Security Guard
Neka Haapanen Neka Haapanen ... Security Guard
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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Crime | Drama

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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

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 »

Soundtracks

Sä et kyyneltä nää
Music and lyrics by Olavi Virta
Arranged by Jaakko Salo
Performed by Olavi Virta
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Same Stuff Different Day
11 September 2006 | by cinemartSee all my reviews

When you find a formula that works, you often stick to it even to the point of spinning your wheels until you become something of either an establishment or a cliché. Director Aki Kaurismaki may do well to bare this in mind before embarking on his next languid look at sad-faced Finns moving in somnambulistic circles through the streets of Helsinki.

Perhaps considering JUHA and MAN WITHOUT A PAST too fast-paced, Kaurismaki slows down the action in LIGHTS IN THE DARK to a snail's pace.

Despite making me wonder if Kaurismaki is playing it safe by recycling the same ideas, his films are often like comfort food and it would take a lot to make me sick of macaroni and cheese. Rather than keeping on the safe ground, Kaurismaki could follow in the footsteps of his friend and fellow minimalist auteur Jim Jarmusch and make Finnish equivalents of GHOST DOG or DEAD MAN. On second thought, keep with what you're doing, Aki.


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Language:

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Release Date:

3 February 2006 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kaivokatu, Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,380,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,757, 17 June 2007

Gross USA:

$14,056

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,615,018
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Dolby Digital (SRD)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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