Shadows in Paradise
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Shadows in Paradise

Sat Jun 9 12:30 PM

Art Gallery of NSW
General Admission
76 Mins
Sat Jun 9

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favourite actors for the first time – Matti Pellonpää and Kati Outinen – both of them portraying the isolated, withdrawn characters that would crop up in Kaurismäki’s later films.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. 

              – David Stratton, Retrospective Curator 


The first part of the so-called ‘proletariat trilogy’, and film that set the blueprint for the Kaurismäki mode. – Matthew Thrift, British Film Institute 

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Sat Jun 9

Art Gallery of NSW

Domain Theatre Lower Level 3 Art Gallery of NSW Art Gallery Road Sydney, NSW, 2000