Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment ★★★½

So weird to watch Kaurismäki feeling his way towards his style. I mean it’s unmistakably his work, just not as much so. He hadn’t yet figured out how to effectively flatten out his colors or something. 

The opening slaughterhouse scene is visceral, the flesh and bone equivalent of that long opening in The Match Factory Girl. The rest of the movie extrapolates the slaughterhouse into society: the relentless guilt of the novel is recast as the inevitable result of an unjust system, rather than the human condition. In this story, the protagonist admits he’s a louse.

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