Winner of the 2023 Cannes Jury Prize, the Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki’s compassionate comedy has two lonely people meet by chance and then try, in turbulent times, to find love. Voted best film of the year by the International Film Critics Federation.
Ansa (Alma Pöysti) works at a supermarket, so badly paid she takes 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. He drinks through the working day, and again at night. Against his will, Holappa is dragged to a karaoke night where he meets Ansa and there’s a spark. With beautiful performances by Pöysti and Vatanen, Fallen Leaves
shows Kaurismäki’s mastery at depicting down-on-their-luck characters in all their complexity, and in finding love and humour in the unlikeliest of situations.