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Aki Kaurismäki

Drifting Clouds (Kauas pilvet karkaavat)

Director Aki Kaurismäki Composer Shelley Fisher Cast Kati Outinen, Kari Väänänen, Elina Salo
96' - 1996 - Drama, Comedy - Dialogue: Finnish, English, Swedish
The latest offering from the Finnish director Kaurismaki uses unemployment and recession as narrative forces, but is bereft of the melancholic traits that usually inhabit his work. In the director's words, this film is concerned with the mental, rather than the financial effects of unemployment: "The unemployment situation in Finland - and, for that matter, anywhere else in the world - is so desperate that I believe a film can have no other purpose than to give hope." Drifting Clouds focuses upon the lives of a couple, Ilona and Lauri, who both find themselves without work. A few months later, Melartin, an ex-colleague of Ilona, suggests that they should open their own restaurant...

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Aki Kaurismäki


Shelley Fisher


Kati Outinen, Kari Väänänen, Elina Salo


Aki Kaurismäki

Director of Photography

Timo Salminen


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Aki Kaurismäki

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Finnish, English, Swedish

Countries of production

Finland, Germany, France




Aki Kaurismäki
The Saimaa Gesture (1981), Jackpot 2 (short, 1982), The Worthless (1982), Crime and Punishment (1983), The Clan - Tale of the Frogs (1984), Viimeiset rotannahat (1985), Calamari Union (1985), Rocky VI (short, 1986), Shadows in Paradise (1986), Hamlet Goes Business (1987), Ariel (1988), Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989), The Match Factory Girl (1990), I Hired a Contract Killer (1990), The Bohemian Life (1992), Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994), Total Balalaika Show (1994), Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (1994), Iron Horsemen (1994), Drifting Clouds (1996), Employment Agent (short, 1996), Juha (1999), Vera, nadezhda, krov' (2000), The Man Without a Past (2002), Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002), Visions of Europe (2004), Lights in the Dusk (2006), To Each His Own Cinema (2007), The Foundry (short, 2007), Le Havre (2011), 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero (2011), Centro Histórico (2012), O Tasqueiro (short, 2012), Juice Leskinen & Grand Slam: Bluesia Pieksämäen asemalla (short, 2013), The Other Side of Hope (2017), Fallen Leaves (2023)