Drifting Clouds

Drifting Clouds

  • Director: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Countries of origin: Finland, Germany, France
  • Language: Finnish, Swedish, English
  • Release date: July 10, 1998
  • Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
  • Sound mix: Dolby Stereo
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1
  • Also known as: Far Away the Clouds Escape
  • Kauas pilvet karkaavat is a comedy film directed by Aki Kaurismäki and starring Kati Otinen and Kari Vananen.
    The film tells the story of Aina and Kerry's family in crisis when the economic crisis comes.


    • Release date July 10, 1998
    • Filming locations Punavuori, Helsinki, Finland
    • Production companies Sputnik, Yleisradio (YLE), Pandora Filmproduktion

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    FIM 5,562,154 (estimated)

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    • By Deshaun 2022-12-30 12:15:54

      The world is like a floating cloud, do it and cherish it

      The bad luck of a good person makes people pity, and the bad guy makes a fool to make people laugh. This is a wonderful sentence in a film review, which reveals the laws of human nature and the techniques commonly used in films.

      One of the great sufferings of life is poverty. Not only are they poor, they are also unemployed, and the two fathers have lost their jobs one after another, cutting off their source of livelihood. Not only are they unemployed, but they can't find a job....

    • By Astrid 2022-12-26 23:38:10

      The beauty of life is that all good and bad are warm in the end!

      Floating Clouds (1996) The most beautiful thing about the movie is its free, elegant and charming music, which forms a very sharp contrast with the bottom, kind, taciturn, frustrated characters and their living conditions. They are opposites but subtly merge. This is a miracle ! If you define a personality for Aki's films, I think it is both realistic and warm. He embraces infinite ordinaryness and frustration with infinite warmth. In the movie, no matter how big the...

    • By Francis 2022-12-21 19:11:56

      Life wasn't a prostitution

      I don't mean to offend the animation, but I really hope that the children who are fans of comics will not indulge in the hot-blooded comics, thinking that success only needs to be hot-blooded enough. Or, think that adults only follow the trend and have a mid-life crisis.

      Not unexpected at all, the story is as anyone who knows the economic crisis knows, the screenwriter makes Kerry and Aina face unemployment...

    • By Samara 2022-12-13 07:49:14

      Little People's Song

      It's a movie that fits my current mood very well, so I watched it as an inspirational movie (don't laugh). Fortunately, the director gave a bright ending, otherwise I might have been disappointed for a while. This also shows how meticulously and realistically the film captures the unemployed life of this ordinary couple, how they fell into predicament step by step, and how they slowly swam out of the water without giving up, trying to find a place to breathe. The world is difficult, but as...

    • By Monique 2022-12-02 08:38:31

      Floating clouds and world affairs, the hard life of little people

      It is true that the core of comedy is tragedy, especially the work of Finnish film master Aki Kaurismaki. The little people he portrays always arouse the audience's empathy, and this time the story tells about the re-employment of an unemployed couple. Such a simple and a little boring story, no matter where you look at it, it has nothing to do with comedy, but under the clouds and world events, life is full of different situations, and the ups and downs of small people...

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    • By Roderick 2023-02-03 00:13:02

      A tragedy that mixes comedic elements, and it's sunny at the end. Those stylized (and interior scenography) cool humor (chicken is too much to my liking) that makes you want to laugh, but you can't. At the end, the camera’s top-down corresponds to the male and female’s up-looking. Recalling the jazz performance at the beginning, the camera changes from up-looking to head-up (taking out the unfocused guests from the restaurant), and finally to looking down, which is both sad and tender. There...

    • By Guido 2022-12-28 06:00:29

      Watch this darkly humorous inspirational film during the miserable days of unemployment. Of course, this ending makes me feel that real life is much...

    • By Chanelle 2022-12-19 02:29:02

      There is no such thing as a perfect road, but the couple's road to unemployment is really bumpy. Fortunately, there has been a warm and beautiful twist. The whole film is still based on Aki's personal style, and we see the familiar bouquets and dogs. Especially the black humor that has always been mixed, like injecting a light lubricant into the bitter life, the attitude towards impermanence is the best, no matter how difficult life is, don't give up easily, opportunities and hopes will always...

    • By Maribel 2022-12-12 07:40:54

      #Tencent Video# 4.3 points. The Ozu-style family drama texture, the uneven performance style, and the simplicity of the home decoration style (even a bit of Hope) make this story never fall into bitterness, but a kind of cold and warm. The frequent darkening transitions in the middle are a bit like a classical Japanese shadow. Is the red water bottle also an "Ozu"-style Zhu...

    • By Edgardo 2022-12-06 01:28:10

      Once the future was full of hope, now the past is a cloud. "Don't be nervous, there is still tomorrow." The sympathetic Aki left a lick of tenderness and an upward ending in almost the entire cruel reality depiction, just raised his head and looked at how long the smoke would float into clouds. ? 8.5/10|The music is so good, the opening song is the...

    Movie plot

    Aina (played by Kati Outinen) and Kerry (played by Kari Väänänen) are a very close couple, one of them is a restaurant manager and the other is a tram driver. It's tight," but it's clear that the future of the two is full of light and hope.
    The arrival of the economic crisis put Aina and Kerry's family in crisis. The restaurant where Aina was working went bankrupt and Kerry unfortunately won the lottery in the company's "layoff...
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    Movie quotes

    • Melartin: Let's take the whole bottle, it's cheaper

    • Mrs. Sjöholm: When I was young I drunk many men under the table.

    • Ilona: I started as a dishwasher, then kitchen maid, then waiter until I got to be a head waiter. I could still be a waiter.

      Ravintolapäällikkö (restaurant manager): I understand: but I can't help you... to be honest, you're too old for a waiter.

      Ilona: I'm thirty-eight.

      Ravintolapäällikkö (restaurant manager): There you go. You could drop dead any moment.

      Ilona: You're over fifty yourself!

      Ravintolapäällikkö (restaurant manager): That's different. I got contacts - and you smoke. You got life insurance?

      Ilona: You wanna arm wrestle?