Lights in the Dusk

Lights in the Dusk

Aki Kaurismäki (2006)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A lonely night-watchman working in a Helsinki shopping mall falls under the spell of a mysterious femme fatale. But he does not realise she is only interested in him so she can get him to help in a robbery. Left to take the fall, he finds himself the prime suspect in the ensuing police investigation - but remains too infatuated to incriminate her. Crime drama, starring Janne Hyytiainen and Maria Jarvenhelmi. In Finnish and Russian.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Aki Kaurismäki
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Other Information

Language: Finnish, Russian +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Artificial EyeGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: DVDReleased on: 6 Apr 2007