It comes as no surprise that Aki considers people inherently decent. This simple tale might be his doctrine of human rights; a detailed account of the necessary conditions for a person to find their worth in his eyes. Work, shelter, human connection. From there they can convert others to greater meaning, like rock and roll.
Des personnages décalés mais crédibles, tous attachants, intéressants... Émouvant mais sans tomber dans le pathos. Quand à la narration, elle est tout en justesse ; rien n'est à rajouté, rien n'est en trop, tout se déroule très naturellement. Un coup de cœur, particulièrement pour la narration et l'écriture des personnages
Chef d'oeuvre absolu de Kaurismati, à la croisée de Fellini et de Kurosawa dans un univers flamboyant ou chaque plan dans des décors absolument sublimes et avec des comédiens bouleversants nous transporte dans le monde de la misère, de la droiture et de la solidarité de ceux qui n'ont plus rien, plus de nom. Kaurismati sait les transcender pour nous les faire aimer. Prodigieux film
You might think this is just a normal film. It's not normal! It's Kaurismaki! I find his films quite intriguing. They have an absurd humour and an unpredictability to them. I didn't get him the first time I saw one of his films. It's a bit like trying to understand a different sense of humour or a different language. If you watch them more than once, as I did with this film, you start to understand his rhythms.
It made me think of classic French movies. I liked the fact that he doesn't really try to go after his past, as if, in a way, he knew it was not worth it. A good tale of reinvention done in a quiet, subtle way. I don't know if it's a cultural thing, but the character interaction feels slightly unnatural.
J.A. Lujanen/M's post-amnesia life is one of my childhood naive dream: living with a very small amount of money, alone in a container house by the river/lake/sea, planting potatoes. One of my favorite scenes: "If you see me lying face down in the gutter, turn me on my back." and the romance, aaah this film is so beautiful and warm in its own way.
La recitazione è insopportabilmente scarsa e piatta, tanto da farmi chiedere se sia volontariamente così scadente. Tutto il film è caratterizzato da un piattume indecente, dove ogni sentimento, sia soave che disturbante, è brutalmente ridotto allo zero. L'unica cosa salvabile è una regia di un certo gusto, che fa da salvagente ad un film deludente.Tralatro Kaurismaki mi è sempre stato decantato come un genio, bah.