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Lights in the Dusk

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Lights in the Dusk

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
80 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/13/07
performer:
Janne Hyytiainen, Maria Jarvenhelmi
director:
Aki Kaurismaki
distributor:
Strand Releasing
author:
Aki Kaurismaki
genre:
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it a B

Gloomy Finnish jokester auteur Aki Kaurismäki calls Lights in the Dusk, a characteristically deadpan study, the third in his ”loser trilogy.” (The Man Without a Past and Drifting Clouds came before.) Here, in a minimalist sketch best suited to already committed Aki-ites, a lonely night watchman (Janne Hyytiäinen) is used by a callous femme semi-fatale (Maria Järvenhelmi) in cahoots with a criminal businessman. Then his life is ruined. But wait — there’s great music, an excellent dog, and that indescribable Kaurismäki tension between misery and a cosmic joke. B

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