And that's what I did.
What a great film...it so should have won the Oscar for Best Foreign film...It's about a man who, after being brutally attacked, nearly dies and wakes up with no memory. The tone, as in all of Aki Kaurismäki's films, is wry and ironic; one quote I saw in the theatre described him as "the man who put the dead in deadpan." The conversations in this movie are captivating. They're like spoken IMs between good friends: they seem to pick up in the middle, only say half of what is meant because it's all understood, and ends when someone drifts off, distracted by something else. It's subtle, gentle, and hopeful...and lovely. It's also got that timelessness about it: it could be today, it could be 1940. I love when movies are that vague with time...
Markku Peltola, the Man, is incredible. Hard to believe this is his first leading role in a feature film. His eyes...his manner and bearing...Ladies, this man oozes sexy. You wouldn't really think it at first look, but...if you see the film, you'll see what I mean. Soooo charismatic! So romantic, too! (kalinichta: You can't have him, I saw him first!) And the dog, Tähti ("Star"), who plays Hannibal won a London Evening Standard's "Palm Dog" award at the Cannes Film Festival for best animal role. So all the acting in this is superb.
The music is another major part of this movie. Aki Kusimäki loves rockabilly, R&B and rock n' roll, if you couldn't guess from the Leningrad Cowboys movies...The soundtrack is amazing, with Finnish rockabilly by Marko Haavisto & Poutahaukat (who play a Salvation Army band in the film) the best part. They have two CDs out, neither of which is available on Amazon! I covet them desperately! (bjornh, if you're listening...here's a birthday hint for you...) I found the soundtrack at Newbury Comics and have played it twice already. It's that good.