Calamari Union

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Title: Calamari Union
Author: Sosiologian laitos; Department of Sociology; Sociologiska institutionen
Abstract: Calamari Union (1995, FI) by Aki Kaurismäki Main Cast: Kari Väänänen; Pirkka-Pekka Petelius; Company: Villealfa Filmproduction OY A group of man, who are all named Frank, leave towards a better life in Eira. The tough trip starts in Kallio and takes a lot of lives. Scene: tobacco male adults cigarettes alcohol nontransgressive in company 0:34-0:36: tobacco/alcohol The Franks are together with a taxi driver in a bar. The taxi driver first offers them cigarettes and then drinks Clip: 60B (Addictions 1) Notes: PS: 070803: Episodic structure of the film displays different kinds of relationships between youngish adult men on their allegorical journey from Kallio, their childhood area to Eira, a dreamland where the rich live and opportunities are great. Must see the film again for a more detailed analysis of what they seek. Each episode is or includes a paraphrase of a well known movie scene, has lots of references to contemporary Finnish rock music and “underground” culture, and thus this is a film for buffs. Members of the gang die one by one, and the two who reach Eira are disappointed and steal a rowing boat to go the Estonia. The smoking scene now selected for ADDICTIONS 1-2-3-4-5 might imply some sort of male solidarity associated with smoking, especially the scene at the bar with Tuomari Nurmio. For interview vignette this is perhaps also too cryptic, and the same name Frank for all of them is confusing.
Date: 2008-12-03

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