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.
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?
On a bewitching jazz score, a Helsinki crossing in gorgeous B&W. Icecold dry nonsense humor where all the gang members wear dark glasses, seduce blondes in a rocky voice & are named Frank. == Envoûtante musique de jazz pour 1 traversée de Helsinki en superbe N&B. Humour décapant, glacé & absurde, où tous les membres du gang portent des lunettes noires, séduisent des blondes d'une voix rocailleuse & s'appellent Frank.
Amusing, but not entirely satisfying film. Still I liked this rather silly - I am lacking better word for it - vision from Aki Kaurismäki better than, for example, Hamlet Goes Business. Here the director/producer/writer's eccentric sense of humour dwells in the absurd and that I enjoyed.