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4 - 14 April 2024: Fallen Leaves


Fallen Leaves
Aki Kaurismäki, 2023, 1981

Aki Kaurismäki returns with his latest deadpan gem Fallen Leaves, a luminous ode to romance and moviegoing. In modern-day Helsinki, two lonely souls in search of love meet by chance in a local karaoke bar. However, the pair’s path to happiness is beset by numerous obstacles – from lost numbers to mistaken addresses, alcoholism, and a charming stray dog. Moviegoing dreamers, there is hope for us still in this timeless, tender romance. Imbued with the Kaurismäki’s idiosyncratic playfulness and deadpan humour, this bittersweet comedy won the Jury Prize at Cannes.

Part of our Histoire(s) du cinéma series