Lights In The Dusk

“Lights in the Dusk concludes the trilogy began with Drifting Clouds and The Man Without a Past. Where the trilogy's first film was about unemployment and the second about homelessness, the theme of Lights in the Dusk is loneliness. Like Chaplin's little tramp, the protagonist, a man named Koistinen, searches the hard world for a small crack to crawl in through, but both his fellow beings and the faceless apparatus of the society see it their business to crush his modest hopes, one after another. Criminal elements exploit his longing for love and his position as a night watchman in a robbery they pull off, leaving Koistinen to face the consequences. This is done with the help of the most callous woman in the history of cinema since Joseph L. Mankiewicz's All About Eve (1950). Thus Koistinen is deprived of his job, his freedom and his dreams. Luckily for our protagonist, the author of the film has a reputation of being a soft-hearted old man, so we can assume there is a spark of hope illuminating the final scene.” Aki Kaurismäki
Finland
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2006

Director
Aki Kaurismäki

Script
Aki Kaurismaki

Cinematography
Timo Salminen

Editing
Aki Kaurismaki

Production
Sputnik Oy

Cast
Ilkka Koivula
Janne Hyytiäinen
Maria Heiskanen
Maria Järvenhelmi

Festivals
12th Festival on Wheels
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