The Last Border

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The Last Border
Directed by Mika Kaurismäki
Produced by Mika Kaurismäki
Written by Mika Kaurismäki
Pia Tikka
Alexandra Deman
Starring Jolyon Baker
Jürgen Prochnow
Fanny Bastien
Kari Väänänen
Music by Anssi Tikanmäki
Cinematography Timo Salminen
Release date
  • 20 August 1993 (1993-08-20)(Finland)
  • 12 September 1993 (1993-09-12)(Canada)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryFinland, Germany, Sweden, France

The Last Border (Finnish : The Last Border – viimeisellä rajalla [1] ) is a 1993 Finnish post-apocalyptic film directed, written, and produced by Mika Kaurismäki, starring Jolyon Baker, Jürgen Prochnow, Fanny Bastien and Kari Väänänen. The film takes place in the near future for 2009, when pollution from the entire planet has forced people to move to the Arctic Circle, being the only viable territories.


The film was released at the 1993 Toronto International Film Festival.



Rotten Tomatoes gives The Last Border a score of 12% based on 60 ratings by audience. [2]

In Variety magazine's October 1993 review, Emanuel Levy called film "a spoof of the Mad Max cult films." He comments, that films "subtle humor and moderate violence (by today's standards) may disappoint viewers expecting excessive treatment of such matters", but also said, that films "impressive visual design and strong perfs by Matti Pellonpää and Jürgen Prochnow could broaden satire's commercial prospects beyond the midnight circuit." [3]

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  1. The Last Border – (in Finnish)
  2. "The Last Border (1993)". Rotten Tomatoes . Fandango Media . Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  3. Emanuel Levy. The Last Border. Variety, 4 October 1993.