Oct 3, 2005

Ariel (1989)

Continuing much in the same vein of his previous "loser" film SHADOWS IN PARADISE, Aki Kaurismaki gives is another down and out fable featuring a coal worker who is suddenly out of a job, and his legacy thereafter on the road, and in a relationship with a single mother is an odyssey of one misfortune after another. The Finnish director still pulls the rug from us by tacking on a wild ending that contradicts everything we've seen. This is great deadpan fun, beautifully made. One of his better achievements.

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