ArvottomatDie Wertlosen / The Worthless

Retrospective, Finland 1982, 119 Min., finn. OV, engl. st

Petty crook Manne and his ex-girlfriend Veera are fleeing from a pair of ill-tempered gangsters. Along the way, they pick up a pal named Harri, who immediately falls head over heels for Veera. Three people in a car, no shortage of vodka, and a dash of love and thrills – the result is a very Finnish combination of crime caper and love story, which won Mika Kaurismäki the 1982 Jussi for best director. Kaurismäki said of the film, “In a light action film, I’m showing people who are in a battle with society; young people who at some point realise that the world did not live up to their expectations, and who became old before their time. I didn’t want to directly depict their feelings, but I hope that they are palpable in the whole atmosphere of the movie, in the landscape and in the unspoken words”.

Director Mika Kaurismäki

Screenplay Aki Kaurismäki, Mika Kaurismäki

Cast Matti Pellonpää (Manne), Pirkko Hämäläinen (Veera), Juuso Hirvikangas (Harri Salminen), Esko Nikkari (Hagström), Jorma Markkula (Mitja)


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