Drifting Clouds
Drifting Clouds (1996)

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… 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.

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

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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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