It's an age-old story of love and tragedy – a peasant couple whose simple life is ruined by a city slicker, who seduces the naïve wife and sells her into prostitution. Proclaiming that ‘stories have lost their purity’, Aki takes on a daunting venture by turning the morality tale into a silent melodrama, stripping it of audible dialogue and laying out purely with camera, expression, and gesture. Driven entirely by a sensational score and exquisite black-and-white photography, the earnest fable now acquires a touch of deadpan humour and compassionate sorrow beyond its visual elucidation, returning cinema to its essence: innocence.
Aki Kaurismäki
Sakari Kuosmanen, Kati Outinen, André Wilms
Release Date
Silent with Music
Run Time
78 minutes
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