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Drifting Clouds

(Kauas pilvet karkaavat)
(Au loin s'en vont les nuages)

Imported 35mm Print


Kati Outinen, Kari Väänänen, Elina Salo, Sakari Kuosmanen,

Ilona (Kati Outinen) is the efficient maitre d’ in the elegant but soon to be obsolete restaurant Dubrovnik. Naturally, one misfortune attracts another, and she finds herself out of work at the same time as her tram-driver husband Lauri is. As her wistful gaze at the photograph of a child attests, the couple have endured tragedy before, but the hardship and humiliation of searching for work begin to take their toll on them. “A beautiful, melancholy work that all but restores humanism to contemporary cinema. Who but Kaurismäki could make a comedy about unemployment, and turn it into a soulful, transcendent statement about hope and survival?” (James Quandt).

Kate MacKay
  • Aki Kaurismäki
  • Timo Salminen
  • Finnish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 96 mins
  • TIFF Film Reference Library
  • Janus Films

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Drifting clouds (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2000

Life on the edge (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 1998

Drifting clouds (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, 1997

Drifting clouds (Kauas pilvet karkaavat) (program note), Rotterdam Film Festival, 1997

Drifting clouds (review), Variety, Godfrey Cheshire, 1996

Drifting clouds (press kit), Sputnik Oy, 1996

Kauas pilvet karkaavat (program note), Cannes Film Festival, Aki Kaurismäki, 1996

The last romantic of cinema (article), Films from Finland, Helena Ylänen, 1996

Drifting clouds (program note), AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, Leonard Klady, 1996

Kauas pilvet karkaavat (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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