Lights in the Dusk

Synopsis: Koistenin is a sad sack, a man without affect or friends. He's a night-watchman in Helsinki with ideas of starting his own business, but nothing to go with those intentions. He sometimes talks a bit with a woman who runs a snack trailer near his work. Out of the blue, a young sophisticated blonde woman attaches herself to Koistenin. He thinks of her as his girlfriend, he takes her on her rounds. She's in league with a crook who's planning a jewel robbery, and Koistenin is their patsy. Will he ever wise up?
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Aki Kaurismäki
Production: Strand Releasing
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
78 min



The life of Maxim Gorgy,

the great Russian story-teller -

was very hard.

What about Pjotr Tchaikovsky!

Threw himself into a river.

A young man still.

He survived, however.

But never the same again.

- Who're you to judge him? A peasant!

What about Tolstoy?

A count, but misunderstood.

Problem is only Papa Tchekhov -

wanted to understand us.

The moment he did, died away.

Pushkin, he was a rascal.

Was hardly born, and already dead.

Gogol was something else.

His nose still casts a shadow.

You can hardly see the sun.

You can hardly see

the window of your darling.

Any more vodka?

- Yes and no. Who knows.

And the name is?

- Koistinen.

Just like before.

He's been here three years now.

Lay off.

He'll learn.


Let's grab a beer.


Been seeing a woman again.

A vodka.


Get lost.

That guy works night shifts...

Hi. Two frankfurters.

Like hell I'm growing old there.

I'll set up my own company

and drive them out of business.

You believe me?

I believe you.

Been drinking again?

Koskinen Security.

The most modern equipment

money can buy.

How does that sound?

- But you're Koistinen.

No sense using your

own name nowadays.

If it goes bankrupt,

you're finished.

I've been talking

to a couple of guys.

They've been through many

and they know.

My workmates will

come along if I ask.

At least some of them...

In sunny weather the scorpion prefers

rocky slopes or cracks in brick walls.

But in rainy and cold weather,

it may wander indoors.

Its tail, or rather its abdomen,

resembles a string of pearls.

At the end is a poison sting.

Its arms are part of its mouth,

resembling the claws of a crayfish.

The scorpion uses them to fight

and to examine strange objects...

A limited company must be

registered within six months -

after the signing of the deed,

as decreed in the Companies Act.

The capital of the company

shall be at least equal to the sum -

of the aggregate par value of

all issued shares having par value -

plus such amounts as,

from time to time -

by bylaw of the company

may be transferred thereto.

Thank you.

A coffee. - Two Euros.

Is this seat free?

You're a security guard, aren't you?

Did you guess from my clothes?

Rather cold evenings for spring.

- True.

Why did you sit down here?

- What do you mean?

There's room elsewhere.

- You seemed to need company.

Who me?

- Yes, you can tell.

You can?

It's the profession. People don't

usually come to talk to us.

Yes, you guys seem quite rough.

It's just the surface.

We're human, too.

Now what?

Shall we get married?

Why not. But first we must get

to know each other. - How?

Usually the man asks you out,

like to the movies.

You must've been asked often.

- Sometimes.

Want to go to the movies?

- When?

Tomorrow. I've still got

to work tonight.

It's okay.

Is that your dog?

No. It belongs to some guys.

They're quite big.

Who's dog is that?

A whisky.

Is that your dog out there?

- Yes.

Want to buy him?

He's been there for a week.

Without water.

That's right.

Let's talk outside.

More quiet there.

There. Bon apptit.

Can you afford all this?

What do you mean?

- I feel I'm getting expensive...

I've got money if that's

what you're thinking.

I'm not going to be a guard forever.

It's just temporary.

I've hurt you... forgive me.

We can go to a disco afterwards.

I could teach you.

What? - To dance, it's really easy.

I know how to rock'n'roll.

I just didn't feel like it.

It's easy to see you've got

rock'n'roll in your blood.

You'll see yet.

Shall we meet again?

- Would you like to?

Call me.

You're out late.

- Too right.

Gimme a lemonade.

I went to see a movie

with my girlfriend.

I see. How was it?

Good. Plenty of action.

That's good.

I must lock up now.

You have to go.

Well? Talk to me.

- Everything's ok.

When will you meet?

- Anytime.


What do you want of him?

He's a complete loser.

Don't you think about it.

Why am I doing this?

Because otherwise

you'd have to work.

Call the Russians and

arrange a meeting.

Tell them we'll soon have

an open-door day.

Next, please.

Tell me... Koistinen...

Are you some sort of a comedian?

- Why?

Did you come to cheer us up?

What are these papers?

A trade school diploma.

Did you think it will give you

a loan of two hundred thousand -

without any security,

any guarantors?

I'll guarantee it myself.

Until the company gets going and...

Guarantees from trash

like you are worthless.

But I've got an account here.

I won't even take your

application further -

it's rejected.

You're only wasting

my time and yours.

Go away.

The side door, please.

Hi. - Hi.

I missed you. Take me along.

The rounds, you mean? - Yes.

I can do some window-shopping.

I can't, it's forbidden. I'd be fired.

Tell them you've arrested me.

It's a great system.

The alarm goes off -

if you open the door without

first giving the code -

but also if it fails to come.

The computer then guesses

the guy's having a beer -

or something.

You can't come any further.

There are cameras recording.

I don't want to get

mixed up in anything.

Or know anything.

Well you don't, do you?

Your tiny little part's

almost done -

then you can forget

the whole thing.

You'll be caught some day.

It's a risky business.

But this is nothing,

a favour for a friend.

And I'll have to suck up

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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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