Aki Kaurismaki

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Review: The Good Heart

Lucas (Paul Dano), an angel-faced homeless man who sings a lullaby to a stray kitten, might be too kind-hearted to live. Jacques (Brian Cox), an apoplectic prick who owns a Bowery bar, is too mean to die.
Misanthropy and meticulous espresso brewing
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 14, 2010

2009: The year in movies

As I looked over my list of the best movies of 2009, it suddenly struck me: where are all the women on screen?
Men behaving badly
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 25, 2009

French disconnections

Last year's Boston French Film Festival featured Claude Chabrol's A Girl Cut in Two , and that, combined with this year's Chris Marker retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive and Agnès Varda's fine new The Beaches of Agnès , made it seem almost plau
The new-wavers at the French Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 03, 2009

Review: O'Horten

In Bent Hamer's sub-Arctic shaggy-dog story (with a real, non-shaggy dog), the vehicle for soon-to-be-retired Odd Horten, engineer for the Bergen-to-Oslo run, is not a flying house but a bullet train.
Norwegian would
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2009

Waved off

Ah, Eurocinema, the blood and backbone of film culture as it grew from out of the Hollywood shadow in the post-war decades — the Godards, the Bergmans, the Antonionis, the bristling Hungarians, the mordant Poles, the café-dawdling French!
‘New Films from Europe’ at the HFA
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  January 19, 2007


Jim Finn’s pseudo-documentary about a fictitious East German space program injects a Godardian pastiche with Aki Kaurismäki’s deadpan absurdity and a little Matthew Barney pretentiousness.
Deadpan pseudo-documentary turns tragic
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 07, 2006



As much as I lament the continuing decline of attendance at the cineplex, it’s also easy to understand.
The 25 Greatest DVD Special Features of All Time
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 25, 2006