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What's your favorite film by Aki Kaurismaki?

haven't seen any
5 (33.3%)
don't like any
0 (0%)
other
0 (0%)
The Saimaa Gesture
0 (0%)
Crime and Punishment
0 (0%)
Calamari Union
0 (0%)
Shadows in Paradise
0 (0%)
Hamlet Goes Business
0 (0%)
Ariel
0 (0%)
Leningrad Cowboys Go America
1 (6.7%)
The Match Factory Girl
3 (20%)
I Hired a Contract Killer
1 (6.7%)
La vie de bohème
1 (6.7%)
Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana
0 (0%)
Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses
0 (0%)
Total Balalaika Show
0 (0%)
Drifting Clouds
0 (0%)
Juha
0 (0%)
The Man Without a Past
2 (13.3%)
Lights in the Dusk
2 (13.3%)
Le Havre
0 (0%)
The Other Side of Hope
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 15

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Re: Kaurismäki, Aki - Director's Best
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2015, 02:02:40 AM »
Dear Leningrad Cowboys,

I just watched your Total Balalaika Show, and have decided you're the clear best choice to play at the upcoming wedding of Martin and Carrie. My one concern is that your infectious joy may upstage the main event.

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Re: Kaurismäki, Aki - Director's Best
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2015, 01:25:43 PM »
That would be pretty rad, but yes, being upstaged was a concern when we were choosing musicians.

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Re: Kaurismäki, Aki - Director's Best
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2015, 04:32:18 PM »
1. La Vie De Boheme
2. The Match Factory Girl
3. Leningrad Cowboys Go America
4. Shadows In Paradise
5. Ariel

This guy is an incredible filmmaker.

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Re: Kaurismäki, Aki
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2022, 08:32:33 AM »
Drifting Clouds (1996)
★ ★ ★ – Okay
Kaurismäki has a very narrow range, but it's entirely his corner of cinema, and this is a great introduction to it because of the simple premise of a couple going through a series of unfortunate events. Like Roy Andersson, Kaurismäki's speciality is deadpan sadness comedy. Instead of careful visual framing, Kaurismäki has Kati Outinen, who can look so deeply depressed and blank-faced, it lends itself to unexpected laughs, much like Buster Keaton's look. (Even her co-star here can reach the same level.)


I Hired a Contract Killer (1990)
★ ★
It's such a precise formula that it's noticeable when the tone doesn't work, even if I don't know why. Could be the English language, might be directing International star Jean-Pierre Léaud, maybe Kaurismäki just wanted to modify his approach. Most of this falls flat.

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Re: Kaurismäki, Aki
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2022, 04:48:07 AM »
Lights in the Dusk - 9/10 (Remidned me of Herzog's Stroszek)
Le Havre - 8/10
Shadows in Paradise - 7/10
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