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Rikos ja Rangaistus (Crime and Punishment) Reviews

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January 27, 2016
A fantastic version of Crime & punishment, simplistic, stylish and full of intrigue. It's an excellent debut from Aki Kaurismški 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.
April 17, 2015
The film is overall competently made, but has unnecessary side characters that make the plot lack focus, and ultimately left yours truly feeling indifferent.

6/10
½ December 24, 2013
Tuttua Kaurismškeš. Všhšeleistš ja nokkelaa.
½ August 17, 2012
An impressive first feature from an incredibly talented filmmaker--A moody, thought-provoking film!!
½ December 18, 2011
finnish people are crazy. i wonder how close it is to the novel.. want to read! the music though - was like it was made for this film and only this film - perfection.
November 23, 2011
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.
October 12, 2010
Uma adaptação compacta de 'Crime e Castigo', com alguns momentos de intensidade dramática e beleza muito semelhantes ao original.
May 3, 2010
Are you Antti Rahikainen? In a way... yes.
½ January 22, 2010
This early Kaurismaki is very different from his other films. A fairly straight adaptation, although set in modern Helsinki. He alters certain elements, but the essence of the story is there. Although I'd rather read the novel again, I think he did a good job. There's very little of his deadpan humor here. Deadpan, yes. Humor, not so much. You do see (or rather, hear) his use of diegetic music but what's most striking is the use of NON-diegetic music, which is mostly corny and unnecessary.
August 21, 2008
Good movie. Kaurismäki's style is well-formed already.
June 3, 2008
Loistava kotimainen ja Aki Kaurismäen esikoisohjaus.
½ April 17, 2008
A really good adaptation of the original Dostoyevsky novel. Set in modern Finland. Great acting and character development.
April 13, 2008
Typical Kaurismäki style but definitely not one of his best films.
April 2, 2008
Kaurism√?¬§ki's take on Dostoyevsky's novel, which I sadly haven't read. However based on the rather flimsy knowledge of the author's other work and the numerous other films based on the novel, I'm under the impression that Kaurism√?¬§ki's take on the theme is more optimistic than that of Dostoyevsky who to me has always appeared as a conservative. It is my understanding that Dostoyevsky never really wished to see reform on the moral or penal systems that advocate in favor of revenge instead of rehabilitation. In his view the system had its faults, but in essence was the best there could be.

Kaurism√?¬§ki's interpretation is less convenient. It is the lack of meaningful human contact and brutal work that drives Rahikainen to a realm of misanthropic grandiose fantasies. Fantasies help reduce the human contact he lacks devoid of any meaning and to lay the blame of his loneliness on others. As a culmination of these views he is finally forced to realize his "moral" aspirations by committing a murder. However he is woefully unprepared to view himself as something more than the man who was his victim. With his opposition and contempt of traditional mores having reached the zenith, he no longer has what it takes to sustain his narcissistic fantasies.

The murder also accidentally connects him with Eeva who refuses to to turn him in. The relationship becomes meaningful enough to restore some belief in the value of human life again. Unfortunately it also necessitates Rahikainen's return back to accepted moral norms and social values that require him to be punished. However the punishment for his crime, which he willingly seeks, is again isolation. In prison Rahikainen soon reverts back to his original way of thinking as illustrated by the chilling prison scene. Rahikainen's newfound belief in the meaningfulness of human relationships doesn't survive in solitude.

In order to remain sane a while longer in solitude, one must denounce the value of human interaction, and in essence humanity itself.
March 22, 2008
kaurismmäki meets dostoyevsky. nice film
February 14, 2008
Gloomy auteur Aki Kaurismaki's first film was this adaptation of Dostoyevsky. Opening in a slaughterhouse and ending in a prison, it's not a barrel of laughs to say the least! But Kaurismaki nails the atmosphere, aided by a brilliantly emotionally restrained cast which challenges the viewers sympathies throughout, darkly humorous use of rock and roll music and a bleak world-view.
January 1, 2008
Kaurismaki goes Dostoyevsky.
Stiff acting, dry humor, haunting mood.
Love the way Kaurismaki displays the main characters feel of guilt, or lack of it.
Great performances by Toikka & Nikkari.
November 15, 2007
loppujen lopuksi toimii sittenkin
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