Ariel is a 1988 Finnish drama film directed and written by Aki Kaurismäki. The film tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen (Turo Pajala), a Finnish coal miner who must find a way to live in the big city after the mine closes.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Aki Kaurismäki|
|Produced by||Aki Kaurismäki|
|Written by||Aki Kaurismäki|
|Edited by||Raija Talvio|
Taisto's friend is played by Matti Pellonpää, an actor who appeared in many of Kaurismäki's early films, before his death in 1995.
This is the second film in Kaurismäki's Proletariat Trilogy (Shadows in Paradise, Ariel, and The Match Factory Girl). The trilogy has been released on Region One DVD by Criterion, in their Eclipse box-sets. The film is included in the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list. The film was entered into the 16th Moscow International Film Festival where Turo Pajala won the Bronze St. George for Best Actor.
A digitally restored version of the film was released on DVD by The Criterion Collection as part of their Eclipse Series.
- Ariel on IMDb
- Ariel at AllMovie
- Ariel at the British Board of Film Classification
- Ariel at the British Film Institute
- Ariel at Elonet (in Finnish)
- Ariel at Rotten Tomatoes
- Ariel at the Swedish Film Institute Database