Two lonely souls live in autumn Helsinki. Restrained and unobtrusive, Ansa is a supermarket worker whose days pass boringly tagging goods and selecting outdated products. Kind-hearted but perpetually sullen, Holap works on construction sites and raises a glass. A man's life is simply a series of failures. But one night, Ansa and Holap meet at a karaoke bar. Love seems to be in the air. The two like silence, they meet only a few times, but sometimes one date at the cinema is enough to understand that you have met the right person. Especially if you're still watching a Jim Jarmusch movie together.
Akios Kaurismäki's cinema always intertwines humor and sadness, bitterness, sentimentality and hope, relevance and universality. The director's characters are non-conformists who want to live according to their own, not someone else's, imposed routine, but, paradoxically, they are contemporaries of their time. The film was awarded the Jury Prize at Cannes.