68/100 (Çok güzel bir konu işlenmiş. Tüm dünyanın duyarsız kaldığı bir husus. Ve yönetmen öyle bir şey başarıyor ki.. Kendi ülkesini en ağır eleştiriyor. Bizim buralarda pek görmediğimiz bir şey. Filmin ilk 1 saati hoşuma gitse de geriye kalan 40 dakika malesef çok kötü. Absürt. Restoran'da çalışanların tavırları, patronun mülteciyi daveti, Restoran'da yaşanan zorluklar. Hepsi berbat. Ancak değerli mesajına 3 yıldız)
Starting in the late eighties one used to wait for the annual Kaurismaki with its wonderful deadpan mix of despair, hope and humour on the festival circuit. Though his films come out much less frequently now that mix is evident and more socially aware and topical then ever before. His latest slice of misery is a welcome addition to his filmography; ever poignant, unapologetically humorous and always empathetic.
I haven't watched Le Havre yet, but I really like this socially urgent Karismaki, with tremendous poignancy and hope delivered with perfect deadpan. Sure, his usual odd humour is played down here, but oh my fucking god did that japanese restaurant sequence made me laugh out loud.
I love Kaurismäki, but I always understand when people say they’re unable to connect with his films. I don’t understand how anybody could not connect to this, however. It’s sparse — all of his films are — but it’s also deeply sincere in the oddball way in which Kaurismäki manages to be sincere. Perhaps even more so though. If this is goodbye, what a goodbye!
Can whimsy and social urgency mix? In principle, I see no reason why a topical issue can't be aesthicized—that is, if done properly. Kaurismaki's deadpan style and mannered colors are often a bit too arch for the material. But as it closes, this is an uplifting comedy, borne from the idea that people can survive, locals aren't any more law-abiding than immigrants, and maybe the system will get its shit together.
Kaurismäki's latest refugee film is in a more melancholy key than his previous one, Le Havre. The elements are all very familiar and the humour manages to stay just the right side of wearying mannerism. Most of all, it is a film about good people and their efforts to remain good in spite of everything adversity throws at them.