Kauas pilvet karkaavat
(Drifting Clouds)

Review, by David Sterritt

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Old fashioned people in a modern world. It has main characters and side characters. Some of them are slightly comical.

(Written in a snow storm seven months before the principal photography). "You can get full clarity of your artistic and other goals only on your death bed, if then, but here are some observations concerning the project in question : The actual subject of the film is unemployment, outlined more on the mental and less on the economical side of it. The main character -Nikander- is a head waiter, i.e. a worker in the restaurant trade (which is a mobile profession and therefore, hopefully, quite generally applicable). In this case, the author has arrived at a happy ending (however it is interpreted, as far as we have no knowledge of events after death, or if it even exists). The unemployment situation in Finland, and almost everywhere in the World and most of all its mental effects are so desperate that I believe a film can at the moment have no other purpose than to give hope on one hand, and to document on the other." - Aki Kaurismaki

Directed by: Aki Kaurismäki
Written by: Aki Kaurismäki
Starring: Kati Outinen, Kari Väänänen
Produced by: Aki Kaurismäki
Original Music by: Shelley Fisher

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