Life is not always easy for the hardworking middle class. Annoying bosses, alcoholism and other problems predominate in the lives of both Ansa and Holappa, two lonely souls trying to forget their worries. By chance, they meet during a cold and dark night in Helsinki. They get talking and discover that they have one thing in common: their loneliness and search for love. However, their path to happiness is hampered by obstacles: they do not know each other's name and address and, even worse, they have lost each other's phone number. Will they still find happiness with each other?
With Fallen Leaves, Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, The Other Side Of Hope) realises his nineteenth feature on universal themes of love, togetherness and hope, and as always, he does so modestly and small, but with humour. The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize.