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Shadows In Paradise – Wellington Film Society

Shadows In Paradise – Wellington Film Society

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  • Mon 25 Mar, 6:15pm – 7:30pm


Embassy Theatre, 10 Kent Terrace, Mt Victoria, Wellington



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  • Members Free: $0.00
  • 12-Month Membership: $120.00

Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, 1986 74 minutes, M Violence.

The film that set the blueprint for the Kaurismäki mode, Shadows in Paradise may run a mere 76 minutes, but one couldn’t mistake brevity for slightness, despite its wisp of a narrative. A garbage collector and supermarket cashier (regular players Matti Pellonpää and Kati Outinen) are brought together through circumstance and misfortune, their relationship tentatively blossoming in the face of dashed dreams and collective disappointments.

Kaurismäki punctures the gloom of his muted palette with the occasional splash of primary colour, at once prefiguring the rigorous mise-en-scène that would become his stock in trade and the delicately negotiated possibility of a brighter future with which this beautiful miniature ends. - Matthew Thrift, Sight and Sound

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