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Ariel (1988)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | October 1990 (USA)
A Finnish man goes to the city to find a job after the mine where he worked is closed and his father commits suicide.

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Aki Kaurismäki

Writer:

Aki Kaurismäki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Turo Pajala ... Taisto Olavi Kasurinen
Susanna Haavisto Susanna Haavisto ... Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja
Matti Pellonpää ... Mikkonen
Eetu Hilkamo Eetu Hilkamo ... Riku
Erkki Pajala Erkki Pajala ... Kaivosmies
Matti Jaaranen Matti Jaaranen ... Pahoinpitelijä
Hannu Viholainen Hannu Viholainen ... Apuri
Jorma Markkula Jorma Markkula ... Prikkamies
Tarja Keinänen Tarja Keinänen ... Nainen satamassa
Eino Kuusela Eino Kuusela ... Mies rannalla
Kauko Laalo Kauko Laalo ... Asuntolanhoitaja
Jyrki Olsonen Jyrki Olsonen ... Mies Asuntolassa
Esko Nikkari Esko Nikkari ... Autokauppias
Marja Packalén Marja Packalén ... Tuomari (as Marja Packalen)
Mikko Remes Mikko Remes ... Vankilalääkäri
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Storyline

The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed suicide and who is framed for a crime he did not commit. In jail, he starts to dream about leaving the country and starting a new life. He escapes from prison but things don't go as planned... Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ariel See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Mikkonen: The ship's called Ariel. Tonight at 10:00 off Hernesaari Point.
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Connections

Followed by The Match Factory Girl (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 6 in B minor
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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"No, we'll be together forever." ...Taisto :-)))
28 October 2004 | by crankduran-1See all my reviews

I saw my first Kaurismäki movie (Man Without a Past) a year ago and have seen and now own most of them. I love them all and watch them over and over, but Ariel is one of my favorites. The dark humor and irony is great, with all the usual elements of suicide, big, old American cars and cool music throughout, ending with the very appropriate "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in Finnish. All of Kaurismäki's movies demand every second of your attention or you will not "get it" and every time I watch one again, I notice something else. As to the gloom and doom, my Finnish friends tell me not to believe that Finland is truly as depicted here. :-))) I love the relationships: not gushy or fake, but faithful and just plain sweet. It seems much is understood without words and that's the way this movie is.


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