Pay a visit to Kaurismäki’s unique cinematic universe, where melodrama meets minimalism and bitter reality is tempered with deadpan comedy.Read full description
The Other Side of Hope
The Match Factory Girl
The Man Without a Past
Kaurismäki depicts the intersecting (mis)fortunes of a refugee from Gabon and a shoeshine man in the French port of the title. “A love letter to France, in particular to a half-imaginary, half-vanished realm of proletarian Frenchness” (New York Times).
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A Syrian refugee adrift in Helsinki finds an unlikely ally in a sullen restaurateur in Kaurismäki’s delightfully humanizing take on immigration. “At once honest and artful, a touching and clear-sighted declaration of faith in people and in movies” (New York Times).
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An unemployed couple strive to make a new life for themselves in Kaurismäki’s tale of economic dislocation painted in shades of blue. The moral of this touching, deadpan fable: “Life is short and miserable. Be merry while you can.”
An amnesiac finds comfort with a dour Salvation Army soup-slinger in Kaurismäki’s “comedy of losers,” a look into the heart of poverty and the warmth of humanity. “At once artful, accessible . . . hilarious and humane” (New York Times).
Forget Puccini: Kaurismäki delivers his own ironic yet improbably sincere take on Henri Murger’s novel of bohemians struggling to sustain themselves, their loves, and their art in a timelessly shabby Paris.
This grimly funny gender parable stars Kaurismäki regular Kati Outinen in “a beautiful, unsentimental performance . . . deeply realized and affecting” (New York Times). With short Those Were the Days.