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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
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Kaisa Nieminen
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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 ...
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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:

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

Gross:

$921,547 (USA) (19 September 2003)
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Trivia

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

[M is cooking dinner]
Irma: Are you sure I can't help?
M: I think it's ruined already.
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Paha vaanii
Performed by Marko Haavisto & Poutahaukat
(Marko Haavisto)
Published by Love Music Publishing
(P) & © 2002 Sputnik/Johanna Kustannus
Licensed courtesy of Johanna Kustannus
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superb, warm, special and sweet
2 November 2003 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

Having spent time working and living in Finland, I absolutely loved the film. Not only the visuals, the Helsinki waterfront, but moreso, the special warmth of Finnish culture and people. The way the men related to each other, for example, was amazingly clever in its capture (and parody) of male-male relationships. Man-woman was just was wonderful, with the long-suffering women and the helpless men (this is of course universal, not just Finnish, which makes the film fully human). The bank employee was fantastic; I saw "her" when I opened an account in a city north of Helsinki! No, it wasn't the stereotypes, but the rich cultural images that were NOT "Hollywooded" up or forced American fare. It's a real film, and I am glad I saw it. Kiitos!


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