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The Man Without a Past (2002)

Mies vailla menneisyyttä (original title)
The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or ... See full summary »

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Irma
Juhani Niemelä ...
Nieminen
Kaija Pakarinen ...
Kaisa Nieminen
Sakari Kuosmanen ...
Annikki Tähti ...
Manager of Flea Market
Anneli Sauli ...
Bar Owner
Elina Salo ...
Dock Clerk
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Bank Clerk
Esko Nikkari ...
Bank Robber
Pertti Sveholm ...
Police Detective
Matti Wuori ...
Layer
Aino Seppo ...
Ex-wife
Janne Hyytiäinen ...
Ovaskainen
Antti Reini ...
Electrician
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The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and slowly starts putting his life back on track. Written by Jussi Tarvainen <jussi_tarvainen_84@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »

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6 November 2002 (France)  »

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Budget:

FIM 8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,392 (Finland) (8 November 2002)

Gross:

$921,547 (USA) (19 September 2003)
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Chosen by "Telerama" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#01, tied with "Hable con ella") See more »

Goofs

The Helsinki railway station's extension roof is clearly visible at the opening scene, but it hadn't been build yet in 1996 (the year can be read from the newspaper). See more »

Quotes

[M is renting an abandoned shipping container]
M: When can I move in?
Anttila: As soon as I turn my back.
M: And the keys?
Anttila: You see a lock anywhere?
M: No.
Anttila: Don't go splitting hairs then, or I'll take the door, too.
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Followed by Lights in the Dusk (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony n°3 in A major op. 55
(Adagio)
Performed by the Oulu Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Arvo Volmer
(Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947))
Produced by Kimmo Pihlajamaa
Executive producers: Riitta Pulliainen & Timo Ruottinen
Published by Warner/Chappell Finland
(P) 2001 Alba records/ABCD 162
© Alba Music
Licensed courtesy of Alba Music
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Unique & Fun, Start-To-Finnish
3 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've watched this twice now, and throughly enjoyed both viewings, finding this film to really be a unique one. It's a Finnish film, which is unusual to start with, at least here in the U.S. because we don't see too many films from Finland. It's a black comedy, meaning deadpan looks with subtle comedic lines. In English, it's titled "The Man Without A Past."

The main actor, Markuu Peltola, is perfect for this movie with one of the most deadpan faces you'll ever see. He is amazing to watch and Kati Outinen, as his love interest, is similarly strange and fascinating. Part of their charm are their unusual looks. This is not a romance between people who look like your normal handsome film stars.

Simply, this is just something very different from anything you've seen, a combination of drama, comedy and romance with some of the strangest dialog I've ever heard on film. If you appreciate dry humor and a bizarre but touching story, you should see this.


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