Gotta love Kaurismäki's distinct, dead-pan style of comedy. This short and sweet black-comedy tells the story of a man who attempts to escape from the quicksand of his depressing working-class existence, but manages only to sink deeper into the dirt. Like a lot of Kaurismäki's other work, this is really quite a tragic tale, but at the same time it's funny as hell. Love his stuff.
Irreducible, chain smokers, little talkative, hard boiled Aki heroes wear Ray Ban at night & drive Thunderbirds convertibles in the Finnish snow. And grab Finnish women who don't look cold +++ Irréductibles, fumeurs à la chaîne, avares de paroles, durs au mal, les mâles de Aki portent des Ray Ban la nuit nordique en conduisant de belles Américaines dans la neige. Et tombent des Finnoises qui n'ont pas froid aux yeux.
Dry humor can take time to get used to. This is super-dry. It's a bit of a no-complain, no-explain world, because you're trying to say as little as humanly possible. In this world you also make quick decisions, because thinking might involve some type of inner dialogue, and we don't do that here.