Aki Kaurismäki Collection: Volume 1

Aki Kaurismäki Collection: Volume 1


Reviewed by: Anton Bitel

Aki Kaurismäki has been writing, directing, producing and editing his own films since the early eighties, and his filmography shows a remarkably consistent and idiosyncratic vision where grim realism and heady romanticism meet in a surreal borderland where deadpan reigns. No fan of early Jim Jarmusch, or of quirky miserabilism in general, can afford to miss these bleakly funny gems - and fortunately the good folk at Artificial Eye have taken it upon themselves to give most of the Finnish auteur's back catalogue its dvd premiere.

First up is a collection of the so-called underdog (or workers') trilogy. Three films, three downtrodden protagonists, three different (but equally imperfect) responses to the oppression of the underclass.

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In , a lonely garbage truck driver finds solidarity with a mistreated shop assistant.

In , an unemployed miner is joined by a multi-tasking single mother in his bid to escape to a better world.

In , a production line worker tries to mend her shattered dreams through acts of vengeance.

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2007
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The cult director's underdog trilogy - Shadows In Paradise, Ariel and The Match Factory Girl.
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Director: Aki Kaurismäki

Writer: Aki Kaurismäki

Starring: See indvidual reviews

Year: 2007

Runtime: 211 minutes

BBFC: 15 - Age Restricted

Country: Finland


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