Synopsis: The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed suicide and who is framed for a crime he did not commit. In jail, he starts to dream about leaving the country and starting a new life. He escapes from prison but things don't go as planned...
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Director(s): Aki Kaurismäki
Production: Criterion Collection
  3 wins & 1 nomination.
73 min



No point trying to earn your

bread around here anymore.

Don't stay here

to piss around.

Won't do you

a sh*t's worth of good.

You'll drink yourself silly

and just get frustrated.

Take the car keys.

It's your inheritance.

You always liked it

better than the others.

They're no good anyway.

If they don't stay here,...

...they'll go hang

themselves down south.

I've had it with this sh*t.

But don't follow my example.

This is sh*t too.

- How much?

- All of it.

74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79... 8,000.


The evening comes on

with a low sigh

Lights come on

behind the windows

No one else

stays behind in the dark

As the lights drive away

The shadows of the night

I don't turn the lights on

I don't think

I need them now

You're my brightest light

Even brighter than I deserve

A hamburger.

Nice set of wheels.


What sort of eggbeater?


The engine.

I don't know.

Pop the hood.

Let's check it out.

Forklift drivers will be

Salminen, Niskanen,...

...Mattila, Tallstrm, Pesonen,...

...Laine, Markkula,...

...Jokinen, and Vaisanen.

And a few

not on forklifts:..., you, and you.


- Name?

- Kasurinen, Taisto.

256 marks.

Whose is this?

I found it on the trash bin.

Makkonen's. He got run over

by a forklift. Keep it.


Where do I sign?


We borrowed your radio.

That's okay.

You know anywhere

I could spend the night?

I do.


- Give us a ride?

- Sure.

- Got any room?

- Bed or mattress?

- What's the difference?

- A bed's 30 marks a night.

A mattress is a little less.

You get no sheets.

A bed.



Hey, gimme

the funny pages.


Make up your mind.

I gotta go.

Good afternoon.


- Who do I complain to?

- To me, personally.

Is there anything I can do

to expedite this matter?

A dinner wouldn't hurt.

Fine. Let's go.

Not while I'm on duty.

I'll have to quit first.

It was a stupid cap anyway.

Thanks for the evening.

My first time in a convertible.

- The top doesn't work.

- I know.

It's dark.

Want to come up?

If it's not too much trouble.

Coffee's all I've got.

Coffee's fine.

I'm divorced.

- Don't let it get you down.

- I've got a kid too.

Gives us a head start

raising a famiIy.

Are you always so confident?

No, this is the first time.

- Just don't make any noise.

- No one will even suspect.


I hope I won't regret this.



Nice to meet you.


I think we've met somewhere.

I saw you once in a bar.

Do your friends call you Tasi?

I have no friends.

Everybody has friends.

I'm from the countryside.

That's different.

Now you get the picture.

Was your husband a drunk?

No, he found someone else.


I don't remember.

The whole thing was a mistake.

I hated him from the start.

That's unusual.

That's what you think.

Will you disappear

in the morning?

No, we'll be together forever.


I start work early.

Good night.


Toast or crispbread?


It's broken.

Mother said to call her.

Aren't you going to work?


I can't come right now.

Come meet me here at 4:00.


Found anything?

No. I'll have to keep on

at the docks if there's still work.

Can I see you tonight?

- No, I'm working.


Bank of Finland,

as a night guard.

I need the money.

The whole apartment was

furnished on installments.

You still owe a lot?

Nah, I'll be okay

in a couple years.

Nice wind.

I lost my dreams

and everything in life

I lost my dreams

because of you

Now I'm lost in my dreams

I hide from the world

I look out the window

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Aki Kaurismäki

Aki Olavi Kaurismäki (Finnish: [ˈɑki ˈkɑurismæki] ( listen); born 4 April 1957) is a Finnish screenwriter and film director. He is described as Finland’s best-known film director. more…

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