Shadows in Paradise

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Nikander (Matti Pellonpää) is a garbage collector who lives a lonely existence -- especially after his only real friend dies of a heart attack. But his life changes for the better when he meets Ilona (Kati Outinen), the check-out clerk at his local supermarket. Despite being painfully shy, Nikander gradually makes inroads to romance with her. But their budding relationship is tested when Iloni is fired from her supermarket -- and she steals from the store in an act of retribution.

Cast & Crew

Kati Outinen
Ilona Rajamäki
Kylli Köngäs
Ilona's Girlfriend
Pekka Laiho
Shop Steward
Aki Kaurismäki
Director
Aki Kaurismäki
Writer (Screenplay)
Timo Salminen
Cinematographer
Raija Talvio
Film Editor
Pertti Hilkamo
Art Direction
Heikki Ukkonen
Art Direction
Tuula Hilkamo
Costume Designer
Mika Kaurismäki
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Critic Reviews for Varjoja Paratiisissa (Shadows in Paradise)

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  • Gives the stale conventions of the rom com the dark flipside they need, while downsizing that genre's normally bourgeois sensibilities into a class all its own.

    October 22, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Varjoja Paratiisissa (Shadows in Paradise)

  • Jun 14, 2012
    completely charming anti-romcom, it's hilariously sad and wonderful. this is my first aki kaurismaki film and i look forward to more! like many, i'm crushed to discover my new favorite actor died 17 years ago :(
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2011
    Signature Kaurismaki! Beautiful composition and deadpan humor, this is not your typical rom com. If you have a penchant for stoicism and cigarettes, this film is an askew vision of Helsinki's outskirts. This debut bodes well for the remainder of the 'Proletariat Trilogy.'
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2009
    In "Shadows in Paradise," Nikander(Matti Pellonpaa), a garbageman who is learning English in his spare time, is approached by a co-worker(Esko Nikkari), to join the waste retrieval business he is planning on setting up. Despite having grave misgivings, Nikander agrees but soon after, his new business partner drops dead on the job. Distraught, Nikander goes on a bender and wakes up in the drunk tank, meeting Melartin(Sakari Kuosmanen) who gets a job with Nikander's help. Meanwhile, he also makes the acquaintance of Ilona(Kati Outinen) whose summary firing from her job at a supermarket causes her to steal cash from her former employer. Nobody ever meets cute in an Aki Kaurismaki movie and "Shadows in Paradise" is no exception. As usual, he does not dwell on the more fantastic tropes of romance, instead settling for the more mundane which suits his characters well. These characters live and work in a reality where jobs can be a precarious thing and what ones there are can be hard and thankless work like garbagemen. So, it is important to not look down on people just because of their jobs since what they do is just as important as anybody else's.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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