Ariel

1988, Comedy/Drama, 1h 14m

3 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Movie Info

An out-of-work Laplander (Turo Pajala) seeks his dark destiny in a white Cadillac convertible.

Cast & Crew

Turo Pajala
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen
Susanna Haavisto
Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja
Erkki Pajala
Kaivosmies
Matti Jaaranen
Pahoinpitelijä
Aki Kaurismäki
Director
Aki Kaurismäki
Producer
Esko Rahkonen
Original Music
Rauli Somerjoki
Original Music
Taisto Tammi
Original Music
Timo Salminen
Cinematographer
Raija Talvio
Film Editor
Pauli Pentti
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Critic Reviews for Ariel

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (3)

Audience Reviews for Ariel

  • Jun 04, 2011
    Signature imagery and themes, delivered with deadpan humor, this is my favorite Kaurismaki film. Subtle, yet hilarious!
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2009
    "Ariel" starts with a mine closing for the last time in northern Finland. An old man shoots himself, leaving his son Taisto(Tujo Pajala) the inheritance of a convertible whose top will not close. He takes his life savings and heads south looking for work but all he finds is trouble in the form of all of his money being stolen. Employment at the docks is intermittent which gives him the money to stay in a shelter. At least things are looking up when he meets Irmeli(Susanna Haavisto), a divorced mother. Unlike more recent Aki Kaurismaki movies I have seen, "Ariel" is not much of a comedy and actually pretty grim in spots which results in predictability at times. The different tone is not a bad thing per se, as it sets the stage for a powerful depiction of what it means to live on the margins when there is no work to go around. It might not be the economic situation as such since Irmeli might be monopolizing half the jobs in Finland. Then again, she has to in order to support herself and her son.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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