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Fallen Leaves

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Finland, Sweden
81 minutes
Straight from the Cannes Competition, the Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki’s compassionate comedy has two lonely people meet by chance and then try, in turbulent times, to find love.
Ansa (Alma Pöysti) works at badly paid supermarket job, taking home expired sandwiches to eat. Holappa (Jussi Vatanen) is a metalworker, labouring each day in a hazardous job that he is sure will kill him, and drinking day and night.  Meanwhile there are reminders of the war in Ukraine and the climate crisis.  Against his will, Holappa is dragged to a karaoke night, where he meets Ansa and there’s a romantic spark.  Obstacles get in their way but still these two remain hopeful.  With beautiful performances by Pöysti and Vatanen, Fallen Leaves is a vital and welcome addition to Kaurismäki's working-class trilogy and his mastery remains undiminished here.  Shadowed by war, economic disparity and turmoil, his message is to still look for love.
Wonderful, wryly funny and poignant.
Pete Hammond, Deadline

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Sat 24 Feb
Alice Springs Cinema
Past Event Cancel
Finland, Sweden
In Finnish with English Subtitles
Aki Kaurismäki
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