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favourite actors for the first time – Matti Pellonpää and Kati Outinen – both of them portraying the isolated, withdrawn characters that would crop up in Kaurismäki’s later films.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