Fermanagh Film Club presents Fallen Leaves
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Cast: Alma Poysti, Jussi Vatanen, Alina Tomnikov
FILM INFO: 81minutes, Finland, Germany, 2023
In Helsinki, Ansa (Alma Pöysti) and Holappa (Jussi Vatanen) spend their lonely days in drab workplaces, bars full of stone-faced patrons, and sparsely decorated homes. When they meet randomly at a karaoke bar, their chance of happiness together is threatened by Holappa’s dependence on alcohol. Will they find their way back to each other? Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, The Other Side of Hope) makes a masterful return in this hopeful and satisfying love story, typically melancholic, wryly humorous while also being life affirming and wonderful fun. Shot through Kaurismäki’s idiosyncratic lens, this tragicomedy is a reminder of the potency of movie-going with homages to some of cinemas all-time greats including one of the directors long-time pals; Jim Jarmusch.
“★★★ ★It’s romantic and sweet-natured, in a deadpan style that in no way undermines or ironises the emotions involved and with some sharp things to say about contemporary politics. - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.