The misadventures of a mineworker from Finland’s frozen north who heads south when the mine closes; Kaurismäki’s first film released here is the epitome of ‘supercool’.
Turo Pajala is the tenacious protagonist who inherits a convertible, with a top that refuses to work, from his late co-worker and finds romance with a woman who hands out parking fines. During the course of a typically succinct, no-nonsense scenario the hapless hero is mugged, jailed, double-crossed and yet never loses sight of that faraway paradise ‘Over the Rainbow’.
- David Stratton
See more films in our Stratton presents Kaurismäki program.