David Stratton presents Aki Kaurismäki
SHADOWS IN PARADISE (VARJOJA PARATIISISSA)
1986 | 76 mins | R 18+ | Finland | D: Aki Kaurismäki
Arc Cinema | Finnish Language with English Subtitles
Tickets $15/$13 - season pass available
Kaurismäki's third feature is a terse, tightly structured romantic drama involving two lonely people - a garbage collector and a supermarket cashier.
"The film teams two of the director’s favourite actors for the first time – Matti Pellonpaa and Kati Outinen – both of them portraying the isolated, withdrawn characters that would crop up in Kaurismäki's later films. They’re beset with mundane problems – his best friend dies, she gets fired – but despite it all they’re able to share a kind of shadowy paradise. It’s one of the director’s most atmospheric films.” Program text - David Stratton