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Directed by: Aki Kaurismaki Aki Kaurismäki

Produced: 1999

Countries & Regions: Finland

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Certificate: 15

Length: 229 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 8 October 2007

Cat No: ART351DVD

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Languages(s): Finnish
Subtitles: English
Screen ratio 1:1.78
Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1

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The Aki Kaurismaki Collection (Vol 2)

Cast: Kari Väänänen , Markku Peltola , Kati Outinen , Matti Pellonpaa , Mato Valtonen , Kirsi Tykkyläinen , Sakari Kuosmanen , Andre Wilms , Elina Salo , Kari Vaananen , Matti Onnismaa , Shelley Fisher , Markus Allan , Pauli Granfelt , Kari Lindqvist , Kirsi Tykkylainen

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Three films by acclaimed Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki. In the comedy ’Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatjana’ (1994), two friends, Valto... Read More

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Three films by acclaimed Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki. In the comedy ’Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatjana’ (1994), two friends, Valto (Mato Valtonen) and Reino ((Matti Pellonpaa), take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living. But their reveries are interrupted by the arrival of garrulous Russian Klaudia (Kirsi Tykkylainen) and Estonian Tatjana (Kati Outinen) - who are clearly interested in the two men, despite the language barrier. But what are the chances of getting a response from men who prefer staring at vodka bottles to talking? ’Drifting Clouds’ (1996) is another offbeat comedy, set during the Finnish economic recession. Ilona (Kati Outinen) and Lauri Koponen (Kari Vaananen) are a waitress and driver who, through sheer bad luck, are made redundant at the same time. Ilona finds work in a sleazy bar, but her employer disappears without paying her wages. Lauri loses the chance of a job at a bus company as he is partially deaf. The couple then hit on the idea of opening their own restaurant, but finding the necessary funds proves to be a problem. Kaurismaki’s ’Juha’ (1999) is the fourth film adaptation of the tragic 1911 novel by well-known Finnish author Juhani Aho. Sakari Kuosmanen plays the eponymous protagonist, a simple cabbage farmer married to the younger Marja (Kati Outinen). It isn’t long before Marja has been seduced away from him by Shemeikka (André Wilms), a seedy underworld type, who then proceeds to forego all his wild promises to her and ends up enslaving her in a brothel.

Artificial Eye's second box set of films by the lugubrious Finnish director arrives hot on the heels of the first. Drifting Clouds (1996) may be Kaurismäki's single most satisfying feature. A married couple find themselves unexpectedly jobless on the same day and have to piece their lives back together in the face of seemingly universal indifference. Told that she's too old to start a new career, Ilona (Kaurismäki regular Kati Outinen) points out that she's just 38, only to hear: ‘Exactly. You could drop dead at any moment.’ The inexplicably hilarious Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatjana (1993) sees two painfully shy Finnish men accidentally teaming up with two garrulous Russian women for a road movie that consists largely of awkward conversational pauses in a series of run-down bars. It's shot in smoky black-and-white, as is Juha (1999), a remake of a famous 1920s Finnish romantic melodrama that's so faithful to its source that it too is a full-blown silent feature. Which means that it's only slightly less talkative than the rest of Kaurismäki's output.

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