Lights in the Dusk

  • PG
  • Aki Kaurismäki (2006)
  • Fin / Ger / It / Swe / Fr (SUB)
  • 74 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki is at his most laconic with the concluding episode of his "Loser" trilogy, following Drifting Clouds (1996) and The Man without a Past (2002). Yet there's a grim fascination in security guard Janne Hyytiainen's inevitable seduction by femme fatale Maria Jarvenhelmi. No one does deadpan melancholia quite like Kaurismäki, but there's also plenty of wry humour in his attitude to both Jarvenhelmi's cool-blonde villainy, which deliciously spoofs Tippi Hedren's performance in Marnie, and Hyytiainen's wilful fatalism as she involves him in a crime. Despite the downbeat tone, there are hints at his possible redemption, thanks to the attentions of hot-dog seller Maria Heiskanen. The film is made all the more compelling by Kaurismäki's calculated references to Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Hollywood noir, as well as cinematographer Timo Salminen's allusions to the paintings of Edward Hopper.

Plot Summary

Wry drama from director Aki Kaurismaki, starring Janne Hyytaianen and Maria Jarvenhelmi. Finnish night watchman Koistinen doesn't have many friends, so when a cool blonde starts to show him some attention, little does he know that he's being duped into unwittingly facilitating a jewel robbery.

Cast and crew

Cast

Koistinen
Janne Hyytiainen
Mirja
Maria Jarvenhelmi
Aila
Maria Heiskanen
Lindholm
IIkka Koivula
Shift boss
Matti Onnismaa
Supervisor
Sulevi Peltola
Security guard
Antti Reini
Boy
Joonas Tapola

Crew

Director
Aki Kaurismäki

Other Information

Language: 
Finnish, Russian +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Guidance: 
Contains violence.
Available on DVD
Released 6 Apr 2007
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Artificial Eye
Categories
Drama