Crime and Punishment
Kaurismäki’s first film is an intensely gripping updating of Dostoevsky’s novel, relocated in 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."
– David Stratton, Retrospective Curator
There from the beginning was Kaurismäki’s ridicule of the seriousness and inscrutability of the art house tradition…Crime and Punishment explicitly mocked the pretensions of highbrow literary adaptations. – Lana Wilson, Senses of Cinema
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