David Stratton presents Aki Kaurismäki
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (RIKOS JA RANGAISTUS)
1983 | 93 mins | R 18+ | Finland | D: Aki Kaurismäki
Arc Cinema | Finnish Language with English Subtitles
Tickets $15/$13 - season pass available
Kaurismäki’s first film is an intensely gripping updating of Dostoevsky’s novel with the story relocated to contemporary Helsinki.
The Raskalnikov character (Markku Toikka), a slaughterhouse worker and former law student, takes vengeance on the man who killed his fiancée in a hit and run accident. Reviewing the film for Variety I wrote: “The city itself becomes a character in the film thanks to the pristine photography. Getting marks for originality is the use of English rock songs. (This is) one of the best Finnish films of recent years.” Program text - David Stratton