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Juha

Juha

Juha

1999 / 78min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: AKI KAURISMäKI

CAST: SAKARI KUOSMANEN, KATI OUTINEN, ANDRé WILMS

Silent cinema has always been an implicit point of reference for Kaurismäki, but the debt becomes explicit in this black-and-white beauty, which tells its tale through use of intertitles and an expressive orchestral score. Tipping his hat left and right to cinephile influences, Kaurismäki both parodies and celebrates the conventions of such silent classics as Murnau’s Sunrise in his tale of a farm worker who loses his wife to a swell from the big city, the premise adapting a 1911 novel by Finnish author Juhani Aho.