Lights in the Dusk

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LIGHTS IN THE DUSK concludes the trilogy began by DRIFTING CLOUDS and THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST. Where the trilogy’s first film was about unemployment and the second about homelessness, this final installment is about loneliness. 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 conspire 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. Thus Koistinen is deprived of his job, his freedom, and his dreams. A poignant reminder of the lot of the emotional ‘have-nots’ in our world, this dark jewel of a film glows with genuine warmth and a small but enriching glimmer of hope.

“If you’re new to Kaurismaki, the film will make you a fan. If you’ve seen everything else he’s ever done, the comedy will confirm your commitment.” – New York Post


The distance Kaurismki creates belies his deeply humanistic streak. He engages characters in the direst of situations not to see them suffer but to search for hope.
– Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times

There’s great music, an excellent dog, and that indescribable Kaurismäki tension between misery and a cosmic joke.
– Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

A mood of cosmic desolation seeps like late autumn sunlight filtered through clouds in Aki Kaurismaki’s Lights in the Dusk.
– Stephen Holden, New York Times

Cast & Crew


Aki Kaurismäki


Aki Kaurismäki


Aki Kaurismäki


Janne Hyytiäinen
Maria Järvenhelmi
Maria Heiskanen
Film Specs

Country of Origin: Finland

Format: 35mm/1.85/Color

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Running Time: 80 minutes

Genre: Drama/Comedy

Rating: Not Rated

In Finnish with English Subtitles


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