“The most consistent filmmaker working today might be Aki Kaurismäki, the Finnish master who produces a soft-spoken and mordant comedy every six years or so and never, ever misses the mark. Even by his high standards, FALLEN LEAVES is close to perfect.”
—David Sims, The Atlantic
“It’s romantic and sweet-natured, in a deadpan style that in no way undermines or ironises the emotions involved and with some sharp things to say about contemporary politics.”
—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Award-winning filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki (LE HAVRE, THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE) makes a masterful return with FALLEN LEAVES, a timeless, hopeful, and ultimately satisfying love story about two lonely souls’ path to happiness — and the numerous hurdles they encounter along the way. Set in contemporary Helsinki, and shot through with Kaurismäki’s typically playful, idiosyncratic style and deadpan humor, this tender romantic tragicomedy is a timely reminder of the potency of movie-going from one of cinema’s living legends. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.