• Finland
  • 1988
  • 72 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Finnish
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In Kaurismäki’s drolly existential crime drama, a coal miner named Taisto (Turo Pajala) attempts to leave behind a provincial life of inertia and economic despair, only to get into ever deeper trouble. Yet a minor-key romance with a hilariously dispassionate meter maid (Susanna Haavisto) might provide a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Ariel, which boasts a terrific soundtrack of Finnish tango and Baltic pop music and lovely cinematography by Kaurismäki’s longtime cameraman Timo Salmimen, put its director on the international map.

Cast

Taisto Olavi KasurinenTuro Pajala
Irmeli Katariina PihlajaSusanna Haavisto
MikkonenMatti Pellonpää
RikuEetu Hilkamo

Credits

ProducerAki Kaurismäki
DirectorAki Kaurismäki
ScreenplayAki Kaurismäki
CinematographyTimo Salminen
Art directionRisto Karhula
EditingRaija Talvio
SoundJouko Lumme

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