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4 May 2019: Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana


Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana
Aki Kaurismäki, 1994, 65 min
Finnish with English subtitles

Take Care of your Scarf, Tatiana is a road-movie about the unbelievable adventures of two Finnish men, driving a black Volga station wagon through Southern Finland sometime in the mid-sixties. Valto, the owner of the car, drinks enormous amounts of coffee, Reino, a mechanic, drinks booze and blabbers endlessly. Already at the early stages of the journey, two ladies come along, one Estonian, the other Russian, and, in spite of understandable difficulties in communication and the obvious incapability of our men to approach the opposite sex, this absurd comedy gains, towards the end, some sentimental tones. Take Care of Your Scarf is a film about the amazing state of mind of the Finnish man, and an almost surgically cutting investigation into the Finnish-Estonian-Russian relationships.

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