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Laitakaupungin valot (2006)

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

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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

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

Follows Kauas pilvet karkaavat (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Pieni tulitikkutyttö
Composed by Antero Jakoila
Performed by Antero Jakoila
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Same Stuff Different Day
11 September 2006 | by Mike WhiteSee 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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