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The Collection Volume 1
Cult Finnish filmmaker Aki KaurismÃ¤ki is internationally renowned for his distinctively spare and deadpan character studies of society s also-rans. This three disc set contains his acclaimed Underdog Trilogy , which finds KaurismÃ¤ki at the height of his sardonic humanist powers. Shadows in Paradise KaurismÃ¤ki regulars Matti PellonpÃ¤Ã¤ and Kati Outinen star in this offbeat yet remarkably touching romantic comedy. PellonpÃ¤Ã¤ plays Nikander, a rubbish collector and would-be entrepreneur who finds his plans for success dashed with the unexpected death of his business associate. Whilst searching for a job, he meets Ilona (Outinen) a down-on-her luck cashier in a local supermarket and, falteringly, a bond begins to develop between them. Ariel Acclaimed as one of KaurismÃ¤ki s most accomplished early films, Ariel follows the exploits of the laconic Taisto, a newly-unemployed Lapland miner who sets off in a Cadillac convertible for a fresh start in Helsinki. Joined in his odyssey by meter maid Irmeli and her young son, Taitso s plans take a series of unexpected turns in this dryly comic and satirical melange of road movie and film noir. The Match Factory Girl This blackly comic minimalist masterpiece stars Kati Outinen as Iiris, a shy and dowdy young woman stuck in a dead-end job on a match factory production line. She dreams of finding love at the local dancehall, but her attempts are constantly foiled by her selfish parents and the callous behaviour of would-be suitors. Finding herself pregnant after a one-night stand and abandoned by the father, Iiris finally decides the time has come to get even and she begins to plot her revenge.