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24 October 2017: Lights in the Dusk


Lights in the Dusk
Aki Kaurismäki
2006 | 80 min | Colour | 35mm

"The predictably rewarding final instalment of Aki Kaurismäki's trilogy about outcasts follows its predecessors' themes of unemployment and homelessness with that of loneliness. Things begin to look up for shy nightwatchman Koistinen (Hyytiäinen) when he meets Mirja (Järvenhelmi), who seems to respond sympathetically to Koistinen's slightly old-fashioned manner. Kaurismäki's delightfully delicate cautionary fable charts his unassuming hero's descent into an unforeseen nightmare of deceit and violence with a characteristically low-key blend of humane compassion and deadpan mordant humour. A poignant reminder of the lot of the emotional "have-nots" in our world, this dark jewel of a film glows with genuine warmth and a small but enriching glimmer of hope." – BFI

Part three of the Loser Trilogy, screening as part of our Aki Kaurismäki season