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The Man Without a Past (2002)
"Mies vailla menneisyyttä" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Irma
Juhani Niemelä ...
Nieminen
Kaija Pakarinen ...
Kaisa Nieminen
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Manager of Flea Market
Anneli Sauli ...
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Elina Salo ...
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Esko Nikkari ...
Bank Robber
Pertti Sveholm ...
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Matti Wuori ...
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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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Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »

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6 November 2002 (France)  »

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FIM 8,000,000 (estimated)

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$23,281 (USA) (4 April 2003)

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$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 »

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M: What do I owe you?
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Thunder And Lightning (Myrskyn keskellä)
Performed by Marko Haavisto & Poutahaukat
(Marko Haavisto / Vesa Haaja)
Published by Love Music Publishing
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A Fine Movie About Adults
19 July 2004 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

This Finnish film may not be for everyone. Though nominated in 2002 for an Oscar for best foreign film, I don't think it got much play in the US. It's a quiet movie about a guy who is beaten in a park in Helsinki right after getting off a train. The hospital thinks he's dead, but he staggers out, gradually recovers, and can't remember a thing. He meets a number of people, most of whom help him in some way or another. He meets a Salvation Army woman and a relationship develops.

It's hard to describe this movie. The dialogue is often funny, but delivered absolutely deadpan. There is no excitement, but a rich development of story and relationships through incidents that happen to the lead character or that he causes to happen. The two leads, Markku Peltoa and Kati Outinen, are adults and look it. There's no Hollywood handsomeness about either of them. The structure of the movie is a gem of economy. One scene ends and the film moves briskly on to the next scene. No extended, unnecessary character development. No superfluous dialogue. It may sound pompous, but this movies creates at the end a nice feeling of mature contentment.


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