Lights in the dusk

A film by Aki Kaurismäki


"Lights in the dusk" concludes the trilogy begun by "The 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 worl 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.


Koistinen: Janne Hyytiäinen
Mirja: Maria Järvenhelmi
Aila: Maria Heiskanen
Lindholm: Ilkka Koivula


Written, directed and produced by Aki Kaurismäki
Director of photography : Timo Salminen
Sound engineers : Jouko Lumme, Tero Malmberg
Editing : Aki Kaurismäki
Set decorator : Markku Pätilä
Costumer : Outi Harjupatana
Make-up artist : Nadja Delcos
Production mananger : Ilkka Mertsola

Production information

Co-producers : YLE TV-1, PANDORA FILM
In co-production with Arte France Cinéma
With the participation of Canal+, BIM DISTRIBUZIONE, C MORE ENTERTAINMENT
With the support of the Finnish Film Foundation

Technical information

Finland - France - Germany
Year of production : 2006
Length : 80 mn

Festivals and awards

Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2006 Competition


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