Shadows in Paradise

Shadows in Paradise (Finnish: Varjoja paratiisissa) is a 1986 Finnish art house comedy-drama film written and directed by Aki Kaurismäki. The film stars Kati Outinen as Ilona and Matti Pellonpää as Nikander. Ilona is a supermarket check-out clerk who meets Nikander, a lonely garbage man, and they develop romantic feelings towards each other.

Shadows in Paradise
DVD cover
Directed byAki Kaurismäki
Produced byMika Kaurismäki
Written byAki Kaurismäki
CinematographyTimo Salminen
Edited byRaija Talvio
Villealfa Filmproductions
Distributed byFinnkino
Release date
  • 17 October 1986 (1986-10-17)
Running time
74 minutes

Shadows in Paradise was awarded the Best Film award at the 1987 Jussi Awards.[1]

This is the first 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,[2] and on region-free Blu-ray discs by Future Film in Scandinavia.



  1. Awards given to Aki Kaurismäki, Orimattila Town Library, 6 March 2008. Accessed 23 February 2009.
  2. Criterion/Eclipse 12.

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