Aki Kaurismäki’s Fallen Leaves


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Ansa’s and Holappa’s story is timeless, whether they are talking to us about today or nostalgically referring to days past. The names of Ansa and Holappa are largely irrelevant for most of the film. What they represent, however, is something much more universal: our struggle to connect with others and build a life for ourselves. No matter how bleak or unfortunate, awkward or painful their circumstances become, Ansa and Holappa continue on — job after job, chance after chance — with a steadiness that can’t help but leave one feeling hopeful. Or at the very least seen.

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