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5.0 out of 5 stars If there is such a thing as a secret treasure of cinema..., 24 Mar 2008
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S. C. Rocha (Aracaju,SE Brasil) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Aki Kaurismaki Collection Vol.1 [1986] [DVD] (DVD)
Wenders would say that Ozu was a secret treasure of cinema...well, if there is such a thing.
For me I would put Aki Kaurismäki's films as a would-be treasure as well.
Simple plot, deadpan humour, great shot compositions in color or bw...JUST WHAT FILMS SHOULD BE ABOUT
Even when he goes wrong he's more right than most films around.
A secret PLEASURE of cinema! Makes Jarmusch an apprentice of minimalism.
Here in Brasil, we cannot find a single film from his collection, even his brother's films (who lives here) is hard to find.
Lucky you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent early Kaurismäki, 2 Nov 2009
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David Welsh (Oslo, Norway) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Aki Kaurismaki Collection Vol.1 [1986] [DVD] (DVD)
One of Kaurismäki's early films, Shadows in Paradise centres on the burgeoning love affair between a bin man, Nikander, and a supermarket checkout girl, Ilona. The romantic leads are played by Matti Pellonpää and Kati Outinen, Kaurismäki's favorite actors whom he used consistently since, and are both excellent. The film displays many of the qualities and themes that Kaurismäki has developed throughout his career - a love affair characterised both by tenderness and a shy awkwardness and formality; characters in poverty or otherwise on the edges of society, minimalistic and stylised dialogue and an unmistakable visual aesthetic. This isn't a masterpiece, but is nevertheless impressive for such an early work and it is interesting to see the strength with which Kaurismäki had found his unique voice so early in his career.

The Match Factory Girl the gem of this collection, and undoubtedly one of Kaurismäki's best works. The film is minimalist (even for Kaurismäki!), with very little dialogue (the first line comes 12 minutes into the film) and a sparse but profoundly compelling plot that unfolds at an impeccable pace. On screen for nearly every minute of the film, Kati Outinen holds the piece together as Iris, the Match Factory Girl of the title, whose downtrodden, poverty-ridden existence takes a turn for the worse when a man she meets, and sleeps with, makes it very clear to her that she was a one night stand - and she then discovers that she's pregnant. Her response to her situation is as unexpected as it is thrilling. Outinen won the Best Actress award at Cannes in 2002 for her role in The Man Without a Past, but I really think her performance in this film is even better - she's simply mesmerising.

Ariel is the weaker film of the three. It has strong thematic similarities to Kaurismäki's 2002 masterpiece THe Man Without a Past in that it follows a man who suffers a series of misfortunes that seem designed to crush his spirit and his hope. Ariel has less gravity than the 2002 film and is also somewhat darker. This is an interesting film, especially when viewed in conjunction with The Man Without a Past but really not Kaurismäki at his best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aki Kaurismaki Collection Vol.1 [1986] [DVD], 15 Jan 2010
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Mirka J (UK or Czech Republic) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Aki Kaurismaki Collection Vol.1 [1986] [DVD] (DVD)
I really enjoyed all three films from this volume. I would say that they are minimalist, with lovely retro music. They reminded me of old films and theatre. They are stories of a dustman, a supermarket assistant, a worker in a match producing factory and a miner. The characters do not talk very much so I can recommend the films even for people who hesitate to watch films with subtitles. Besides, it is nice to hear Finnish. However, a blockbuster fan may be disappointed. Mirka J
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aki Charasmatic, 20 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Aki Kaurismaki Collection Vol.1 [1986] [DVD] (DVD)
First two films, great, third film not so great...the plot line is thus: woman gets pregnant after one night stand, woman gets snubbed by lover, woman loses baby, woman poisons some people. That's it. Still my favorite director, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dvd's, 14 Feb 2010
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Peter T. Hill "Prophill" (Leicester - England) - See all my reviews
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This is the third Aki Kaurismaki collection I have bought for my son and he is just as impressed with this one as the other two.
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