Drifting Clouds
Drifting Clouds (1996)

In this Finnish film, Ilona works in a restaurant and her husband Lauri drives a train. The two are happy until Ilona's workplace closes and Lauri's company lays him off. The two go into depression until Ilona raises enough money to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 30, 1996
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

In addition to achieving a paradoxical balance of mirth and melancholy, Drifting Clouds is a dark, mostly interior movie with a color scheme as big as all outdoors.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

What can be said about Drifting Clouds can be said about hangdog Finnish humor in general: it's making the best of a depressing situation.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

A film touched by the absurd and the hopeful.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

True to his temperament, Kaurismaki has made another funny-sad movie about the tenuousness of life, in all its ambiguity and nonsensical symmetry.

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Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

Nokia, Finlandia Vodka, and Aki Kaurismäki. Three exceptional Finnish exports of particular interest. ?Drifting Clouds blossoms.

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Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY

One of the funniest and most humane movies of recent note.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Kaurismaki has enormous love for these characters. He embraces their comic pathos, and rejoices that they do not surrender.

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Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine

The film builds to a happier mood than many of the director's previous works; offbeat, droll twists and details add to its appeal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Although Drifting Clouds might seem like a depressing and droll look at desperation, poverty and financial struggle, they are just the catalyst for what is… More
Lesley N
Finnish film by Aki Kaurismäki, and the first in a loose trilogy with THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST and LIGHTS IN THE DUSK. Filmed in a strangely timeless manner and… More