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Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki is at his most laconic with the concluding episode of his "Loser" trilogy, following
The Man without a Past
(2002). Yet there's a grim fascination in security guard Janne Hyytiainen's inevitable seduction by
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
, 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
, 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
Finnish, Russian +subtitles
6 Apr 2007
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