Crime and Punishment
Kaurismäki’s first film is an intensely gripping updating of Dostoevsky’s novel with the story relocated to 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
See more films in our Stratton presents Kaurismäki program.