SHADOWS IN PARADISE (Aki Kaurismäki, 1986)

The launch of Finnish writer-director Aki Kaurismäki’s “proletarian trilogy” (the other entries are Ariel, 1988, and The Match Factory Girl, 1990), Varjoja paratiisissa is characteristically quirky, terse and humorous while nonetheless hinting depths of loneliness and alienation below the surface of wage-slave working-class lives. It is a thin, minor piece, but indicative of the style […]