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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
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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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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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This film won the London Evening Standard's "Palm Dog" award at the Cannes Film Festival for the best animal role. The winning dog's name, aptly, is Tähti ("Star" in Finnish). 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

Nieminen: Rather small potatoes.
M: The weather was bad. But they will make a soup.
Nieminen: When did you plan to make it?
M: Why so interested?
Nieminen: I have an onion. You need it for the soup.
M: I've got eight potatoes. I must save three for winter and at least two as seed potatoes. We farmers must think of the coming years, too. We only eat what is left over. There is not enough for three. I want to invite Irma to dinner.
Nieminen: So none for me?
M: Right.
Nieminen: You're selfish.
M: I am a realist. You city people are children of the moment.
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References Stolen Kisses (1968) See more »

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Bandoneon
Performed by Antero Jakoila
(Antero Jakoila)
Published by Love Music Publishing
(P) & © 2000 Love Kustannus
Licensed courtesy of Love Kustannus
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A weird, but astonishing and silently funny film
30 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Whoever has seen any of Aki Kaurismäki's films might agree that they are all but mainstream. Nevertheless, the story itself doesn't have to be too complicated. In this case, a man completely loses his past in a shockingly violent way, and he rediscovers life again in an environment of bums who sleep in containers. The good thing I found about this movie was: No romanticism of misery, no enlightenment of the tortured hero, no sob-stuff love story, no superfluous, aloof intellectualism at all. At least not in an obtrusive or overly serious way. But in a way that it sometimes shocked me , sometimes made me laugh, sometimes grin. I was never bored. And as I made it to Finland for the first time in my life a few weeks after seeing this movie

  • I found everything to be amazingly authentic.




A remarkable film that definitely moves into my shrine of the best 50!


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