Shadows in ParadiseUnclassified 15+
“[An] atmospheric, sublimely realised and darkly comic romantic fable”
The film teams two of the director’s favourite actors for the first time – Matti Pellonpaa and Kati Outinen – both of them portraying the isolated, withdrawn characters that would crop up in Kaurismäki's later films.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.