The consummate people's drunkard-poet and architect of cosmic blue-collar doldrums, Aki Kaurismäki is also the most sanguine demigod in international filmmaking's higher echelon. No Cannes winner could give less of a shit about publicity, power, fame, or aesthetics. Ask him what moves him to make a new film: "I check the bank accounts and see they are empty." Inquire about his motifs or stylistic character: "I never analyze, so . . . " What about the stateside failure to release the three perfectly lovely features he made before this... More >>>