The Man Without a Past

The Man Without a Past

The Man Without a Past

Aki Kaurismäki brings numerous themes from his filmography together in this 2002 tale about a man with amnesia who begins life anew.

"A stranger in town is robbed, beaten and left for dead. He can’t remember his past, and has to start again. Markku Peltola plays the newcomer who experiences the comfort of strangers and makes his home in a shipping container. Kati Outinen is a member of the Salvation Army who becomes his companion. He also adopts a supposedly savage dog named Hannibal and encourages the Army’s band to play rock ’n’ roll." (Sydney Film Festival)

2002Rating: M, Violence97 minsFinland, Germany, FranceFinnish with English subtitles
ComedyDramaRomanceWorld Cinema
Director:
Aki Kaurismäki ('Le Havre', 'The Other Side of Hope', 'Drifting Clouds')
Writer:
Aki Kaurismäki
Cast:
Markku PeltolaKati OutinenJuhani NiemeläKaija PakarinenSakari Kuosmanen
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Enormously satisfying, superbly crafted.

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Droll, reticent, flawlessly filmed fable of generosity.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

It's a gentle, surprising little movie whose rewards lie in what its characters don't say as much as in what they do.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It is at once artful and unpretentious, sophisticated and completely accessible, sure of its own authority and generous toward characters and audience alike - a movie whose intended public is the human race.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

At the end of The Man Without a Past, I felt a deep but indefinable contentment. I'd seen a comedy that found its humor in the paradoxes of existence, in the way that things may work out strangely, but they do work out.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Offers up a subversive comic sensibility, one that somehow combines Buster Keaton's deadpan stare with Frank Capra's tireless optimism and filters them both through a black-ice Finnish point of view.

BBC

BBC

press

It's impassive, impressive stuff from Kaurismäki, who creates a heart-warming tale set against his nation's blighted economy.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Enormously satisfying, superbly crafted.

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Droll, reticent, flawlessly filmed fable of generosity.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

It's a gentle, surprising little movie whose rewards lie in what its characters don't say as much as in what they do.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It is at once artful and unpretentious, sophisticated and completely accessible, sure of its own authority and generous toward characters and audience alike - a movie whose intended public is the human race.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

At the end of The Man Without a Past, I felt a deep but indefinable contentment. I'd seen a comedy that found its humor in the paradoxes of existence, in the way that things may work out strangely, but they do work out.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Offers up a subversive comic sensibility, one that somehow combines Buster Keaton's deadpan stare with Frank Capra's tireless optimism and filters them both through a black-ice Finnish point of view.

BBC

BBC

press

It's impassive, impressive stuff from Kaurismäki, who creates a heart-warming tale set against his nation's blighted economy.

4.0

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