Rikos ja Rangaistus (Crime and Punishment) (1983)

Rikos ja Rangaistus (Crime and Punishment)


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Inspired by Dostoyevsky's famous novel, this engrossing Finnish version of "Crime and Punishment" revolves around an ex-law student in Helsinki (Markku Toikka) who now works in a slaughterhouse. One day the worker searches out the drunk driver that had killed his fiancée and coldly shoots him to death. The worker does not get away without being seen by a woman named Eeva (Aino Seppo), and in spite of the fact that the woman knows everything, including his name (Rahikainen), she says nothing to … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Aki Kaurismäki
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A fantastic version of Crime & punishment, simplistic, stylish and full of intrigue. It's an excellent debut from Aki Kaurismäki but it's only a slight hint of the great work to come from the brilliant Finnish director. Think 'Finland's version of Jim Jarmusch' and your part way there, for my money, he's one of the very best directors of the last 30 years.

Anthony Lawrie

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Technically speaking, it's not as mature as he is now, but Kaurismaki has his own original way of looking at people and their lives already in this first feature, besides several technical trademarks of him. A bitter (but definite) ending (and what the hero says in that scene) reminds me of some great American films of 60s and 70s Hollywood Renaissance, and of course, has really big impact on me.

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