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FALLEN LEAVES tells the story of two lonely people who meet each other by chance in the Helsinki night and try to find the first, only, and ultimate love of their lives. Their path towards this honorable goal is clouded by the man’s alcoholism, lost phone numbers, not knowing each other’s names or addresses, and life’s general tendency to place obstacles in the way of those seeking happiness. This gentle tragicomedy, previously thought to be lost, again proves Aki Kaurismäki to be a visual poet of the highest order, a champion of working-class life in an increasingly detached society.
In Finnish with English subtitles.
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