Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965)) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific film-makers, and together have been responsible for one-fifth of the total output of the Finnish film industry since the early 1980s, though Aki’s work has found more favour abroad. His films are very short (he says a film should never run longer than 90 minutes, and many of his films are nearer 70), eccentric parodies of various genres (road movies, film noir, rock musicals), populated by lugubrious hard-drinking Finns and set to eclectic soundtracks, typically based around ‘50s rock’n’roll.
In the 1990s he has made films in Britain (I Hired a Contract Killer (1990)) and France (La vie de bohème (1992)). —IMDb
a strange film - a place film about helsinki in the '80s, and a very sad movie about growing older, that time in your late twenties when financial choices become moral ones and you see your beloved friends making wrong turn after wrong turn. and it's funny, and never heavy, and matti pelonpaa has a great monologue about sardines. just trying to make good with what you have and not betraying the dream of youth.
I Vitelloni made by Dreyer, said Jean Pierre Gorin (as retold by Peter von Bagh here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67zmJpUdxQY)
Man, what a movie. At this time I've only seen this movie once, but I imagine you can see it over and over again. It's full of awesome quotes and Finnish craziness. It's riddled with social observations and satire. I can imagine that Aki has heard or maybe even had all the conversations in this movie. Hmh, maybe I'll get to Eira someday too, but if I do, will I like it?