Kauas pilvet karkaavat (Drifting Clouds) (Far Away the Clouds Escape)
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Kauas pilvet karkaavat (Drifting Clouds) (Far Away the Clouds Escape)
A married couple struggles with the repercussions of unexpected unemployment in this wry comedy drama from Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki. Ilona, the wife, works as restaurant hostess and her husband Lauri drives a tram. Though the couple has recently lost a child, they both seem at peace and happy. One night Ilona comes home and finds that Lauri has purchased a beautiful television on credit. Shortly thereafter disaster strikes when Ilona's workplace closes and Lauri gets caught in a maelstrom of downsizing. Neither is able to find suitable work right away and as time crawls by, they… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A film touched by the absurd and the hopeful."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"True to his temperament, Kaurismaki has made another funny-sad movie about the tenuousness of life, in all its ambiguity and nonsensical symmetry."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Nokia, Finlandia Vodka, and Aki Kaurismäki. Three exceptional Finnish exports of particular interest. ?Drifting Clouds blossoms."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"One of the funniest and most humane movies of recent note."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"Kaurismaki has enormous love for these characters. He embraces their comic pathos, and rejoices that they do not surrender."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film builds to a happier mood than many of the director's previous works; offbeat, droll twists and details add to its appeal."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine