Essential Kaurismäki: Selected by David Stratton ACMI IN ASSOCIATION WITH SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL AND THE NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE PRESENT

Shadows in Paradise

Unclassified 15+

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“[An] atmospheric, sublimely realised and darkly comic romantic fable”

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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favourite actors for the first time – Matti Pellonpaa and Kati Outinen – both of them portraying the isolated, withdrawn characters that would crop up in Kaurismäki's later films.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. 

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