Besides being shot in splendid low key lighting consciously imitating film noir stylistic, Juha is also a silent film, with music to match the action and lead the audience and dialogue inter-titles. Its subject follows the end of Juha’s simple countryside family, when a convertible driving baddy from the city drops by one day. The film plays like a comedy and is riddled with Kaurismäki trade marked moments i.e. ones that could easily be removed from a “story” point of view, but which collectively act in finally creating idiosyncrasy.
Well done Mubi.com for this awesome Kaurismäki retrospective.