Films influencing literature

I’m a big movie fan and when I’m looking for a movie to watch, if I discover anything relating to outsiders/loneliness/underdogs, that sort of thing, then I’m all over it. The Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki is a prime example, as well as Jim Jarmusch, though I feel appalled to say that I haven’t seen any of the latter’s movies. I really need the JJ boxset on bluray…

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Anyhow, back to Kaurismaki. I’ve seen two movies by the guy, Shadows in Paradise, and The Match Factory Girl, which some consider his masterpiece. I feel like writing about the former though. It brings together two very unglamorous people, a garbage man, and a check-out clerk at a supermarket, who meet and fall in love. Nikander is a painfully shy guy [I can relate] with few friends [in fact his only friend has just died from a heart attack] when he meets Ilona who’s just as awkward as he is. The dry humor that permeates this movie is just great. I think it’s typical amongst Finns.

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Another great director who deals with such themes as these is the Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, his film Uzak is fantastic.

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