The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or ... See full summary »
After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide, but can't go through with it, so he hires a contract killer in a seedy bar to ... See full summary »
Lugubrious Finns Valto and Reino take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living. But their reveries are interrupted by the arrival of ... See full summary »
When slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover they share the same dreams - where they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love - they decide to make their dreams come true but it's difficult in real life.
Khaled, syrian refugee stows away on a freighter to Helsinki. Meanwhile, Wikström is a traveling salesman who wins big at a poker table and buys himself a restaurant with the proceeds. When the authorities turn down his application for asylum, Khaled is forced underground and Wikström finds him sleeping in the yard behind his restaurant. He offers him a job and a roof over his head and, for a while, they form a Utopian union with the restaurant's waitress, the chef and his dog.Written by
Prior the film's release director-producer Aki Kaurismäki and his long-time set decorator Markku Pätilä got into dispute on how the credits are listed in the Finnish titled version as all set related credits (set decorator, property master and set builder) are listed under single title "Lavastus". Kaurismäki's response for that this wording would downgrade Pätilä's role and artistic rights in the set design, Kaurismäki rejected these claims and also said Kaurismäki himself designed the detailed visual look of the film and even provided large part of the props. The response also promised that in the international version with English titles Pätilä would be the only person listed under title "set decorator". On February 1st 2017 Pätilä and his lawyers filed a case to The Market Court in Helsinki to seek injunction on film's release in Finland in its current form and the next day the court ruled that there is no need to ban the film and the issues regarding the rights on the film's set design will be determined later - assuming the parties cannot reach a settlement outside the court prior that. See more »
An odd sense of humor pervades this film about a Syrian refugee trying to find his sister while dealing with his own struggles as an undocumented immigrant in Finland. He's befriended and aided by an aging restaurateur and his motley staff. There are lots of dead pan moments, and you're forgiven if you're not always sure whether or not you're supposed to be laughing.
One thing that struck me about this film was the vast difference between what Americans are told about European countries and their attitudes about refugees and how those countries actually feel about them. America has been shamed for not opening its doors to those in need, and I agree that it should more than it does. But we're told that Europe is altruistic and warmly embraces those fleeing from other countries. Not so in Finland, if this movie is any indication. Immigration officials roam the streets asking people for their papers, and something resembling the White Nationalist Movement seems to exist there as well, full of thugs who go around beating up people who look foreign.
I enjoyed this movie, but couldn't help but feel that it missed some opportunities to be a bit more hard hitting than it is.
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