Rikos ja Rangaistus (Crime and Punishment) Reviews
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.
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.