Varjoja Paratiisissa (Shadows in Paradise)
Varjoja Paratiisissa (Shadows in Paradise) (1986)

In this romantic comedy, Nikander is a lonely garbage-truck driver who meets the homely check-out clerk Ilona. Their painful shyness makes for slow romantic progress, until Ilona loses her job, and the two rendezvous in a country motel.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 17, 1986
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

Gives the stale conventions of the rom com the dark flipside they need, while downsizing that genre's normally bourgeois sensibilities into a class all its own.

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Stella Dallas
completely charming anti-romcom, it's hilariously sad and wonderful. this is my first aki kaurismaki film and i look forward to more! like many, i'm… More
Stefanie C
Signature Kaurismaki! Beautiful composition and deadpan humor, this is not your typical rom com. If you have a penchant for stoicism and cigarettes, this film… More
Walter M.
In "Shadows in Paradise," Nikander(Matti Pellonpaa), a garbageman who is learning English in his spare time, is approached by a co-worker(Esko… More