In every Aki Kaurismäki film ever

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cigarettes

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 23:34 (two months ago) link

harsh white light washing over the foreground and casting shadows on a richly hued wall

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 23:35 (two months ago) link

actors that sound like they’re running their lines

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 23:35 (two months ago) link

the gang gets together and saves the day

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 23:36 (two months ago) link

saturated colors (from what I remember)

youn, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 23:37 (two months ago) link

cigarettes

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 August 2022 23:38 (two months ago) link

mullets

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 August 2022 23:38 (two months ago) link

cigarettes

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 August 2022 23:39 (two months ago) link

heavily wrinkled faces

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Tuesday, 2 August 2022 23:50 (two months ago) link

the working class

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Tuesday, 2 August 2022 23:51 (two months ago) link

depressing tangoes

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 00:44 (two months ago) link

docks

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 00:45 (two months ago) link

Finns

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 00:47 (two months ago) link

hangdog looks

joyless inebriation

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 00:53 (two months ago) link

Lol

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 01:04 (two months ago) link

isn't that ILX

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 01:21 (two months ago) link

isn't that ILX

Most of the posts in the thread apply.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 03:05 (two months ago) link

a diner that looks like an old shack

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 09:16 (two months ago) link

a cluster of condiments in the center of a formica table

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 09:16 (two months ago) link

still shot of grizzled character facing into the camera

see also: Kitano Takeshi

seo layer (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 09:17 (two months ago) link

i was watching I Hired A Contract Killer last night and it occurred to me that it's like exactly halfway between Bresson and Jarmusch

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 09:19 (two months ago) link

rethinking Bresson as pitch black lols now

seo layer (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 09:20 (two months ago) link

i mean... maybe?? these limpid, lost souls, their faces pleading silently with a cruel existence that just kind of remorselessly hurls itself against them

and then, like, joe strummer and some jazz and bits of trash rolling down an alley choked with construction equipment

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 09:22 (two months ago) link

i was surprised by how little joe strummer annoyed me actually

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 09:22 (two months ago) link

i was serious about Bresson btw, why not?

seo layer (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 09:23 (two months ago) link

yeah no i know! honestly i couldn't stop laughing during 'pickpocket', v gauche i know

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 09:25 (two months ago) link

i've never seen hamlet goes business lol

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 09:25 (two months ago) link

it's very Kaurismaki

seo layer (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 09:29 (two months ago) link

The Match Factory Girl reminded me quite a lot of Bresson's L'Argent.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 14:03 (two months ago) link

ports

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 14:47 (two months ago) link

Gaps

Master of Treacle, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 15:10 (two months ago) link

Less than 80 min running time

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 15:11 (two months ago) link

plaintiveness

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 15:33 (two months ago) link

Jukebox playing to a near empty room

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 15:34 (two months ago) link

mechanical cruelty

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 15:36 (two months ago) link

strangers finding instant rapport

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 15:36 (two months ago) link

beached souls

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 15:37 (two months ago) link

what all this is reminding me of is ali: fear eats the soul

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 15:49 (two months ago) link

unappetising meals

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 16:03 (two months ago) link

His Criterion list is great btw and includes a Bresson and a FassbinderL

https://www.criterion.com/current/top-10-lists/163-aki-kaurism-ki-s-top-10

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 16:07 (two months ago) link

oh wow thanks for that. love how he breaks the rules of the format by pretending that every position is a tie.

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 16:22 (two months ago) link

On reflection, Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses doesn't conform to a lot of these rules, and also it is terrible.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 16:46 (two months ago) link

this is a bit tangential, but the Kaurismäki brothers own (owned?) a couple of bars in Helsinki. One of them is/was called Moscow. I visited it many years ago. There were thick curtains at the windows blocking the view inside and the only indication of the place was a small piece of paper taped on the window that only read Moscow (in cyrillic letters obviously).

Inside it was brightly lit and very small and it looked exactly like every bar in a Kaurismäki film, very plain and red painted walls. There was only one tap with cheap lager and the background music was melancholic Russian music from the 60's or maybe 70's. The whole experience felt like I stepped inside a Kaurismäki film.

The rumour is that it originally was called something else and was very popular, but Kaurismäki wasn't happy with that and wanted a bar where people can drink in peace so they retooled the concept. And in the winter they shovel snow to the outside of the front door to make it appear like it's closed.

braised cod, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 17:59 (two months ago) link


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