Aki Kaurismäki - Hopeful Cynicism

by Channel Criswell

Wooden characters in grim situations is the definition of Finnish director, Aki Kaurismäki’s unique brand of comedy. In this video essay, Channel Criswell explores how Kaurismäki manages to find glimmers of hope embedded in cynicism and despair, resulting in an equally human and comedic voice.

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Aki Kaurismäki

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