Ariel Movie Review 1989

Information and Film Reviews for Ariel the Movie

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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.

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

Cast and Crew

Genres
Black Comedy, Road Trip
Screenplay
Aki Kaurismaki
Cast
Susanna Haavisto, Turo Pajala, Matti Pellonpaa
Cinematography
Timo Salminen
Director
Aki Kaurismaki
Music
Dimitri Shostakovich

Awards

Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1990: Foreign Film.

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