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In Helsinki, a lonely night watchman is caught up in a series of misadventures with a femme fatale and a crooked businessman.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Seppo Ilmari Koistinen
... Mirja
... Aila
... Lindholm
Sergei Doudko ... Russian
Andrei Gennadiev ... Russian
Arturas Pozdniakovas ... Russian
Matti Onnismaa ... Shift Manager
Sulevi Peltola ... Foreman
Antti Reini ... Security Guard
Neka Haapanen ... Security Guard
Santtu Karvonen ... Security Guard
Sesa Lehto ... Security Guard
Jukka Rautiainen ... Security Guard
Jukka Salmi ... Security Guard
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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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3 February 2006 (Finland)  »

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Lights in the Dusk  »

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€1,380,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,757, 17 June 2007, Limited Release

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$14,056
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Last film of legendary cinematographer Olavi Tuomi. See more »

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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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Pieni tulitikkutyttö
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Kaurismaki is a god of cinema
8 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Lights in the Dusk is another in the series of movies about Finnish life that contain the same elements; deadpan dialog, subtle humor, stubborn protagonists, semi-happy endings. If you're into this style of film, you'll really like it. However, it's an acquired taste, not for everyone.

Our anti-hero is a security guard, caught up in a criminal plot, ultimately taken advantage of by a beautiful femme fatale but redeemed by the love of a good woman. That sounds like a simple plot, but as seen in the movie it's anything but simple.

I've seen references to a trilogy, mentioning this film along with Man Without A Past and Drifting Clouds. That seems to ignore Match Factory Girl, which fits right in with the rest. I've seen most of Kaurismaki's work and liked everything, I really groove to the retro style, the deadpan acting, the plots which seem simple but are in fact very complicated.

If you like Kaurismaki, or are in the mood for something different, check it out. At the very least you'll remember it and think about it.


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