Kaurismaki's sad comedies are probably closer to Chekhov meets Chaplin than they are to the modern Hollywood comedy. 'Little people' with relatively modest dreams fall into serious strife only to be liberated by the power of love. All three of these films feature one of the screen's finest actresses, the magnificent Kati Outinen. Drifting Clouds is likely the best of all Kaurismaki's fine comedies, with the loving couple, down on their luck, trying to inveigle their way into the restaurant business, but the delightful Take Good Care of Your Scarf, Tatjana, deserves to be much better known, pretty much the perfect encapsulation of the writer-director's acute early-60s (pre-sophisticated) sensibility. The ostensibly silent film, Juha, is more blunt in its telling than you ordinarily get from Kaurismaki, but is again carried by top-notch performances.