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Lights in the Dusk Reviews

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June 3, 2011
Though it's the weakest of the three panels that form Kaurismaki's trilogy, which began with Drifting Clouds in 1996, it's still worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 22, 2008
Un relato crudo, probablemente desconcertante y extrañamente tragicómico, sólo para seguidores incondicionales del director, que repite su estilo sin sorpresas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 16, 2007
Kaurismaki creates some beautiful frames, carefully composing his affectless characters against the rooms' colors, but there's something wrong with your story when people are upstaged by the decor.
September 21, 2007
It's a deceptively satisfying, almost magical achievement, like being stranded in a desert yet never going thirsty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 12, 2007
A wholly satisfying comic-existential bit of fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 7, 2007
It's exactly the picture he wanted to make; that's for sure. But in this case that's not quite enough.
Read More | Original Score: B-
August 25, 2007
Kaurismäki's spare style and economical storytelling are well-suited to this particular story about loneliness, as the director never muddies the frame with sentimental dross or lugubrious inclinations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 3, 2007
Kaurismäki is self-consciously tapping into the raw pathos of an earlier time in cinema (the pain and loss that often accompanied Charles Chaplin's Little Tramp, for example). The idea works, though it is finally wearing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2007
Aki Kaurismaki's gloomy take on film noir... is pure Kaurismaki, done in the director's inimitable deadpan and surreally dispassionate style and grim sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 23, 2007
The director's existential sarcasm is muted here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 15, 2007
There is an admirable rigor here and even a brief touch of sunshine, but almost none of the humor that marks [Kaurismaki's] best work.
July 13, 2007
So dry it's parched, this study of a passive loser whose life just keeps getting worse is basically a series of noir cliches clothed in arthouse anomie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 12, 2007
The distance Kaurismki creates belies his deeply humanistic streak. He engages characters in the direst of situations not to see them suffer but to search for hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 11, 2007
The downbeat tone of Lights in the Dusk just escapes offense and self-parody due to Kaurismäki's careful, subtle craftsmanship.
June 21, 2007
Another weird, frigid tale by Kaurismaki.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 16, 2007
Lights In The Dusk plays out in the expected Kaurismäki style, with flavorful musical interludes, great affection for the city's outcasts, and lots of bleakness chased by the faintest sliver of hope.
Read More | Original Score: B-
June 15, 2007
Stripped of much of the director's trademark deadpan humor and saddled with such an extremely passive protagonist, getting through the drama becomes an exercise in patience.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 15, 2007
Another in a series of Kaurismaki's deeply touching portraits of ordinary people, full of gentle and mournfully poetic subtle narrative rhythms.
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June 14, 2007
So stylized and slow-moving (even at a spare 75 minutes) that you may have trouble adapting to its hypnotic rhythms -- but if you can, there are sumptuous visual rewards to be found, plus the faintest emotional uptick right at the end.
June 13, 2007
There's great music, an excellent dog, and that indescribable Kaurismäki tension between misery and a cosmic joke.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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