- Drifting Clouds review by RM
This is, in my opinion, a good film very much in line with other Kaurismaki's works. In other words, one needs to like the director's style and sense of humor, which I happen to do but would understand many won't.
The topic is again social justice -- social change + unemployment + labour abuse + alcoholism in Finland in the 90s--, which is finely described in the very particular Kaurismaki's humor. I believe this is the main strength of the film, together with some strong performances (I believe some of the actors recurrently appear in other Kaurismaki's films). There is, as usual, a slightly surrealistic atmosphere and the typical long silences in the dialogs only make this atmosphere more powerful -- but perhaps this would be seen as something natural for the Finnish audience, as the Finns tend to be quieter than other Europeans. The takes are quite short and it almost feels like if it was a film made of sketches . I don't know if I like this or not but I think it 's worth mentioning.
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