Thursday, March 31, 2011


Turo Pajala is a mineworker losing his job. He goes to Helsinki trying to get a new one, but life is tough in the big city. He meets a woman and her son, but ends up in jail. Together with another prisoner, Matti Pellonpää, he escapes and hopes to start a new life in Mexico.

The film continues Kaurismäki's interest in the working class or the factory workers and their concern about holding onto their jobs and creating a life worth living. In some way the film is a variation on Shadows in Paradise, ending with the same image, a ship, their opportunity for escape or a better life. The film also shows Kaurismäki as the master of the laconic conversation, and at the end has one of the best visual jokes I can remember seeing, that involves the roof of a convertible. Finally, as with all his films, it really makes you want to start smoking.

1 comment:

  1. I have just finished watching Ariel after reading about Kaurismaki so many times on here.You were right the roof at the end is great,all 3 actors play it perfectly.I love the way Kaurismaki seems to fit so much into such a short film.Thanks for the recomendation.