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The Liar (1981)

Valehtelija (original title)
Talkative, hyperactive young drifter Ville Alfa goes around Helsinki, basically trying to borrow money from friends and strangers by means of an incessant delivery of quirky and snappy quasi-intellectual lines and fabricated excuses.

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Mika Kaurismäki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aki Kaurismäki ... Ville Alfa
Pirkko Hämäläinen Pirkko Hämäläinen ... Tuula
Juuso Hirvikangas ... Juuso
Lars Lindberg Lars Lindberg ... Harri
Esa Sirkkunen Esa Sirkkunen ... Olli
Jukka Järvelä Jukka Järvelä ... Man at Bar Counter
Marja Heiskanen Marja Heiskanen ... Kiosk Vendor
Matti Pellonpää ... Friend of Chandler
Mikko Mattila Mikko Mattila ... Friend of Hemingway
Taina Nyström Taina Nyström ... Girl in Pavement Café
Eija Vilpas Eija Vilpas ... Woman at Bar Counter
Toni Sulzbeck Toni Sulzbeck ... Bum
Juhani Tommola Juhani Tommola ... Doorman
Reino Markkanen Reino Markkanen
Paula Kaurismäki Paula Kaurismäki
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Talkative, hyperactive young drifter Ville Alfa goes around Helsinki, basically trying to borrow money from friends and strangers by means of an incessant delivery of quirky and snappy quasi-intellectual lines and fabricated excuses.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Finland | West Germany

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

28 February 1981 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Lügner See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Ville Alfa: I would claim that the promised land for modern existentialism is finland.
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Connections

Features Band of Outsiders (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Have You Ever Loved a Woman
Written by Billy Myles
Performed by John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers featuring Eric Clapton
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Very French
16 March 2005 | by He-MasterSee all my reviews

Valehtelija (1981)

Valehtelija is an enjoyable pastiche of Breathless and other French New Wave films in which Aki Kaurismaki plays Ville Alfa, a young man with exceptional lying skills and a way with words. He treats people - his girlfriend and family members - badly and is extremely selfish. I found him both funny and sad.

Thanks to the clever writing and direction, the movie is quite successful in making Helsinki feel like Paris of the 60s. Ville Alfa's friends are intellectuals who are talking about literature and just hanging out, taking it easy. They bring some nice humor to their scenes.


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