Kaurismaki was a big influence on Jim Jarmusch, and one can see why. The Proletariat Trilogy is one of the best things I've seen in years: Shadows in Paradise is the perfect love story, Ariel is a continuation of this, and the Match Factory Girl is a splendid story where everyone gets their just due(sort of), maybe in the realm of Carrie. Match Factory was a great note to end the series on.
Aki Kaurismäki's Proletariat Trilogy (Shadows in Paradise / Ariel / The Match Factory Girl)For me, the Trilogy is perfect filmmaking--sad, humorous, ironic, dead pan, sometimes with a happy ending. I don't want to go into any detail, one can read the description for that. The Trilogy is emotion-driven, which is the type of film that I gravitate towards, serious but w/an underlying sense of humour. If you like Jarmusch, John Lurie, Wayne Wang, maybe even Hal Hartley... you will LOVE this. There are "on and off" box-sets, and this one is on on on. 5 stars, no kidding.