Lights in the Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot)
Lights in the Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) (2007)

"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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 16, 2007
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: From its brilliant cinematography to its compassionate characters, Lights in the Dusk is another successful exercise in deadpan minimalist comedy from Aki Kaurismäki.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Kaurismaki creates some beautiful frames, carefully composing his affectless characters against the rooms' colors, but there's something wrong with your story when people are upstaged by the decor.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

The director's existential sarcasm is muted here.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Though it's the weakest of the three panels that form Kaurismaki's trilogy, which began with Drifting Clouds in 1996, it's still worth seeing.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

It's a deceptively satisfying, almost magical achievement, like being stranded in a desert yet never going thirsty.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Un relato crudo, probablemente desconcertante y extrañamente tragicómico, sólo para seguidores incondicionales del director, que repite su estilo sin sorpresas.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Kaurismäki is self-consciously tapping into the raw pathos of an earlier time in cinema (the pain and loss that often accompanied Charles Chaplin's Little Tramp, for example). The idea works, though it is finally wearing.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

As a dry comedy or a social allegory, Lights in the Dusk is anemic.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A wholly satisfying comic-existential bit of fluff.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Regret, loneliness, stubbornness..it's a wonder we all carry on. It's a wonder that Aki Kaurismäki caries on to be honest, as after watching the film… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Written and directed by Aki Kaurismaki in a deadpan style, "Lights in the Dusk" is about lonely Koistinen(Janne Hyytiainen), who… More
Stefanie C
An ironic, existential portrait of loneliness. From the start, Koistinen is painfully out of sync with his environment and ostracized by almost every person he… More
Ross Collins
A night-watchman with a simple, lonely life is framed by mobsters.