Crime and Punishment

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  • NR
  • 1983
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 7.1  (2,868)

"Crime and Punishment" is the 1983 film adaptation of the classic novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Set in St. Petersburg, Russia, the film follows the story of Rodion Raskolnikov (Markku Toikka), a poor ex-student who becomes increasingly desperate and delusional. Raskolnikov believes that by committing a gruesome murder, he can solve his financial problems and prove to himself that he is an extraordinary man who exists above the law.

The film is directed by Aki Kaurismäki and stays true to the original novel. The story is dense and complicated but the film manages to capture the depth of each character and their motivations. Raskolnikov is haunted by his guilt and paranoia and has become estranged from his family and friends. One of the few people who still cares for him is his sister Dunya (Aino Seppo), who has come to St. Petersburg to attempt to start a new life.

As Raskolnikov wrestles with his conscience, he becomes entangled with a variety of other characters, including a pawnbroker who he plans to murder, a drunken police officer named Porfiry (Esko Nikkari), and a prostitute named Sonya (Tiina Pirhonen) whom he begins to have feelings for.

The film is dark and intense, and the beautifully-shot scenery only heightens the sense of impending doom. The story is one of inner turmoil and the struggle between right and wrong, and it is portrayed masterfully by actor Markku Toikka. He perfectly captures the descent into madness that Raskolnikov experiences, and the film is a haunting exploration of the human psyche.

The supporting cast is also excellent, and each character adds depth and complexity to the story. Aino Seppo is particularly gripping as Dunya, a strong and determined young woman who has to navigate the difficult and often dangerous world of St. Petersburg. Esko Nikkari is hilarious as the drunken Porfiry, who is more perceptive than he lets on.

The film is also noteworthy for its soundtrack, which features a variety of classical pieces and Russian folk music. The music serves to heighten the tension and further immerse the audience in the world of the story.

Overall, "Crime and Punishment" is an excellent adaptation of the classic novel. It does justice to the original story while also standing on its own as a great film. The performances are outstanding, the direction is masterful, and the story is as gripping as ever. If you're a fan of the novel or just looking for a great film, "Crime and Punishment" is definitely worth watching.

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    7.1  (2,868)