Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Episode Dogs Have No Hell for Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet

FI 2002 © 2001 Sputnik. P+D+SC+ED: Aki Kaurismäki. DP: Timo Salminen, Olli Varja. AD: Markku Pätilä. S: Tero Malmberg. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1. LOC: Helsinki. Cast: Markku Peltola (Man), Kati Outinen (Woman), Sulevi Peltola (The Man at the Tyre Dealer's), Kirsi Tykkyläinen (Ticket Seller), Aarre Karén (Goldsmith), Janne Hyytiäinen (Waiter), Pirkko Hämäläinen (Woman at the Restaurant), Ilkka Mertsola (Chef), Nadja Delcos (Cook), Pentti Haaparanta (Policeman), Tomi Taskila (Policeman), Kalevi Heinämaa (Drunk at the Police Station), Lauri Tomminen (Garageman), Olli Varja (Garageman), Marko Haavisto & Poutahankat (the band). 10 min. A PEK print in Finnish without subtitles viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki (A Tribute to Aki Kaurismäki), 5 Jan 2011

Ten minutes to change one's life: the man (Markku Peltola) is released from prison, cashes his share from the tyre dealer company ("leaving everything for love"), proposes to the woman (Kati Outinen): "leave with me to Siberia", buys the wedding rings, buys the ticket to the Transsiberian Express, and remembers Fatherland as the train crosses the border. Quite an Aki Kaurismäki distillation, deadpan, compressed. There is a high contrast in the print viewed, probably intentional.

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