Drifting Clouds (1996)

Drifting Clouds



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Movie Info

In this Finnish film, Ilona works in a restaurant and her husband Lauri drives a train. The two are happy until Ilona's workplace closes and Lauri's company lays him off. The two go into depression until Ilona raises enough money to open her own restaurant.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Aki Kaurismäki
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as Ilona Koponen

as Lauri's sister

as Mrs. Sjoholm

as tax official

as restaurant manager

as Forrstrom

as Child on photography

as Lajunen

as child in the photo

as Pietari, the dog

as orchestra member

as orchestra member

as orchestra member

as orchestra member

as orchestra member

as orchestra member

as waistress

as old couple

as old couple

as kitchen maid

as buyer of Dubronvnik

as buyer of Dubrovnik

as labour officical

as man at Nelia

as tax official

as woman in dressing go...

as ugly man

as ugly man

as nab at Iktnoua

as cleaning woman

as repossession man

as repossession men

as real-estate broker

as car dealer

as bank manager

as gairdresser

as carpenter

as carpenter

as first customers

as first customers

as garbage men

as garbage men
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Critic Reviews for Drifting Clouds

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

In addition to achieving a paradoxical balance of mirth and melancholy, Drifting Clouds is a dark, mostly interior movie with a color scheme as big as all outdoors.

May 23, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

True to his temperament, Kaurismaki has made another funny-sad movie about the tenuousness of life, in all its ambiguity and nonsensical symmetry.

Full Review… | May 23, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Kaurismaki has enormous love for these characters. He embraces their comic pathos, and rejoices that they do not surrender.

Full Review… | November 13, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

What can be said about Drifting Clouds can be said about hangdog Finnish humor in general: it's making the best of a depressing situation.

Full Review… | November 13, 2001
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Drifting Clouds

Finnish film by Aki Kaurismäki, and the first in a loose trilogy with THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST and LIGHTS IN THE DUSK. Filmed in a strangely timeless manner and funny in a very underplayed way, this is about a couple trying to make the best of a bad job when they both lose theirs. Glum.

Lesley N

Super Reviewer

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