Ariel Movie Review 1989

Information and Film Reviews for Ariel the Movie

Staff rating

Visitor rating
4.0 from 0 reviews

Refreshing, offbeat Finnish comedy by highly praised newcomer Kaurismaki. Hoping to find work in Southern Finland, an out-of-work miner from Northern Finland (Pajala) jets off in his white Cadillac convertible given to him in a cafe by a friend, who promptly shoots himself. There's no linear progression toward a happy ending, although antiheroic subject does find employment and romances a meter maid. Mostly, though, he's one of those it's hell being me guys who wouldn't have any luck if it weren't for bad luck. Strange slice-of-life sporting film noir tendencies, although essentially anti-stylistic.


Facets Multimedia, Inc., 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, Phone: (773)281-9075, Toll-free: 800-331-6197, Fax: (773)929-5437, Email:, URL:

Available on VHS
Running time 74 minutes.
Originally from Finnish.

Cast and Crew

Black Comedy, Road Trip
Aki Kaurismaki
Susanna Haavisto, Turo Pajala, Matti Pellonpaa
Timo Salminen
Aki Kaurismaki
Dimitri Shostakovich


Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1990: Foreign Film.

Copyright © 2022 Net Industries - All Rights Reserved