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The Man Without a Past -- 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.


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2 August 2002 (Sweden) See more »
The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 23 wins & 21 nominations See more »
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Markku Peltola ... M

Kati Outinen ... Irma
Juhani Niemelä ... Nieminen
Kaija Pakarinen ... Kaisa Nieminen
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Anttila
Annikki Tähti ... Manager of Flea Market
Anneli Sauli ... Bar Owner
Elina Salo ... Dock Clerk

Outi Mäenpää ... Bank Clerk
Esko Nikkari ... Bank Robber
Pertti Sveholm ... Police Detective
Matti Wuori ... Layer
Aino Seppo ... Ex-wife
Janne Hyytiäinen ... Ovaskainen
Antti Reini ... Electrician
Tähti ... Hannibal (also as Tähti-Koira)
Marko Haavisto ... Salvation Army Band Member
Jukka Teerisaari ... Salvation Army Band Member
Jyrki Telilä ... Salvation Army Band Member
Jouni Saario ... Salvation Army Band Member
Risto Korhonen ... Mugger
Panu Vauhkonen ... Mugger
Tom Wahlroos ... Mugger
Vesa Mäkelä ... Railwaystation Guard
Aarre Karén ... Doctor (as Aarre Karen)
Eeva-Liisa Haimelin ... Nurse
Kalevi Heinämaa ... Boot-stealer
Anton Peltola ... Nieminen's Son
Joona Karastie ... Nieminen's Son
Jouni Marjaranta ... Accordion Player
Tuire Tuomisto ... Salvation Army Girl
Vappu Lysti ... Salvation Army Choir Memeber
Ritva Harteva ... Salvation Army Choir Member
Raija Lähteinen ... Salvation Army Choir Member
Eeva Penttinen ... Salvation Army Choir Member
Peter von Bagh ... Salvation Army Officer
Matti Oinonen ... Salvation Army Officer
Aarno Kuussalo ... Salvation Army Officer
Aarre Ritola ... Salvation Army Officer
Eira Ritvanen ... Vendor in Bar
Anja Angel ... Homeless in Doorway
Pentti Kirstilä ... Homeless in Doorway
Olli Varja ... Drunk
Keijo Nyrhinen ... Man in Waste-tank
Liisa Kuoppamäki ... Unemployment Office Clerk
Sulevi Peltola ... Unemployment Office Manager
Erkki Lahti ... Lindström
Markku Pätilä ... Jokinen
Helka Viljanen ... Cook at Bar
Eero Nykänen ... Dock Foreman
Erkki Puskala ... Dock Foreman
Henry Astikainen ... Welder at Dock
Silu Seppälä ... Ruffian
Juha Springare ... Police Officer
Jukka Salmi ... Police Officer
Aki Hirvensalo ... Police Officer
Pasi Kokkoniemi ... Police Officer
Mika Roiha ... Police Officer
Andrey Chernyshov ... Mechanic (as Andrei Tchernousov)
Matti Nylund ... Mechanic
Jouni Kortesato ... Man at Restaurant
Timo Linnasalo ... Man at Restaurant
Heikki Mattila ... Man at Restaurant
Hanna Jokinen ... Cook
Toni Salminen ... Train Stewart
Pentti Auer ... Chief Bureaucrat
Olavi Tuomi ... Chief Bureaucrat
Inkeri Ahola ... Avustaja (extra) (as Ahola Inkeri)
Annamari Ajo ... Avustaja (extra) (as Ajo Annamari)
Esko Aksela ... Avustaja (extra) (as Aksela Esko)
Christian Aniche ... Avustaja (extra) (as Aniche Christian)
Obidra Aniche ... Avustaja (extra) (as Aniche Obidra)
Leiff Berg ... Avustaja (extra) (as Berg Leiff)
Atte Blom ... Avustaja (extra) (as Blom Atte)
Eino Bollström ... Avustaja (extra) (as Bollström Eino)
Erkki Greus ... Avustaja (extra) (as Greus Erkki)
Pia Gustafsson ... Avustaja (extra) (as Gustafsson Pia)
Reino Halonen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Halonen Reino)
Seppo Harjunpää ... Avustaja (extra) (as Harjunpää Seppo)
Erno Haukkala ... Avustaja (extra) (as Haukkala Erno)
Rauno Heikkilä ... Avustaja (extra) (as Heikkilä Rauno)
Pertti Heikkonen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Heikkonen Pertti)
Reima Heiskanen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Heiskanen Reima)
Kauko Hietanen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Hietanen Kauko)
Erkki Hiltunen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Hiltunen Erkki)
Marjatta Hiltunen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Hiltunen Marjatta)
Ismo Hirvonen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Hirvonen Ismo)
Tauno Holmström ... Avustaja (extra) (as Holmström Tauno)
Jyri Hämäläinen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Hämäläinen Jyri)
Teuvo Härkönen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Härkönen Teuvo)
Jussi Jalkanen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Jalkanen Jussi)
Jari Jolkkonen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Jolkkonen Jari)
Seppo Juusonen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Juusonen Seppo)
Tommi Kaarna ... Avustaja (extra) (as Kaarna Tommi)
Mika Kainulainen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Kainulainen Mika)
Esko Kauppinen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Kauppinen Esko)
Leena Kaurismäki ... Avustaja (extra) (as Kaurismäki Leena)
Arto Keränen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Keränen Arto)
Meeri Kiukas ... Avustaja (extra) (as Kiukas Meeri)
Toivo Koivisto ... Avustaja (extra) (as Koivisto Toivo)
Kari Koukkari ... Avustaja (extra) (as Koukkari Kari)
Marketta Kujamäki ... Avustaja (extra) (as Kujamäki Marketta)
Maire Kuussalo ... Avustaja (extra) (as Kuussalo Maire)
Jouni Laakkonen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Laakkonen Jouni)
Ritva Laaksovirta ... Avustaja (extra) (as Laaksovirta Ritva)
Henri Lagerroos ... Avustaja (extra) (as Lagerroos Henri)
Kirsti Lamminen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Lamminen Kirsti)
Liisa Lehikoinen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Lehikoinen Liisa)
Juha Lehtonen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Lehtonen Juha)
Anne Leino ... Avustaja (extra) (as Leino Anne)
Jorma Leino ... Avustaja (extra) (as Leino Jorma)
Kari Lindström ... Avustaja (extra) (as Lindström Kari)
Lars Lindström ... Avustaja (extra) (as Lindström Lars)
Lauri Linna ... Avustaja (extra) (as Linna Lauri)
Ismo Liukkonen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Liukkonen Ismo)
Jarmo Luoma ... Avustaja (extra) (as Luoma Jarmo)
Antti Lähteinen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Lähteinen Antti)
Roosa Lähteinen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Lähteinen Roosa)
Seppo Majasto ... Avustaja (extra) (as Majasto Seppo)
Pentti Makkonen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Makkonen Pentti)
Pekka Malmi ... Avustaja (extra) (as Malmi Pekka)
Harri Nieminen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Nieminen Harri)
Miira Niska ... Avustaja (extra) (as Niska Miira)
Juha Nivala ... Avustaja (extra) (as Nivala Juha)
Antti Nuojankoski ... Avustaja (extra) (as Nuojankoski Antti)
Juha Nurmi ... Avustaja (extra) (as Nurmi Juha)
Mika Nurminen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Nurminen Mika)
Seppo Nykänen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Nykänen Seppo)
Richard Nyman ... Avustaja (extra) (as Nyman Richard)
Kirsi Pasanen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Pasanen Kirsi)
Timo Patjas ... Avustaja (extra) (as Patjas Timo)
Saini Penttilä ... Avustaja (extra) (as Penttilä Saini)
Juha Pesonen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Pesonen Juha)
Anna Puupponen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Puupponen Anna)
Maiju Puupponen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Puupponen Maiju)
Minna Rahikka ... Avustaja (extra) (as Rahikka Minna)
Jukka Rautiainen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Rautiainen Jukka)
Reino Riihitupa ... Avustaja (extra) (as Riihitupa Reino)
Antti Ruishalme ... Avustaja (extra) (as Ruishalme Antti)
Anja Saastamoinen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Saastamoinen Anja)
Juha Salmen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Salmén Juha)
Juuso Salmen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Salmén Juuso)
Pertti Salmenjoki ... Avustaja (extra) (as Salmenjoki Pertti)
Sanni Salo ... Avustaja (extra) (as Salo Sanni)
Juha Savolainen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Savolainen Juha)
Alpo Seppälä ... Avustaja (extra) (as Seppälä Alpo)
Julle Siika ... Avustaja (extra) (as Siika Julle)
Tauno Sorsa ... Avustaja (extra) (as Sorsa Tauno)
Eero Taipale ... Avustaja (extra) (as Taipale Eero)
Marja-Leena Taipale ... Avustaja (extra) (as Taipale Marja-Leena)
Maarit Tirkkonen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Tirkkonen Maarit)
Veijo Tissari ... Avustaja (extra) (as Tissari Veijo)
Martta Tuomaala ... Avustaja (extra) (as Tuomaala Martta)
Mika Tuuhea ... Avustaja (extra) (as Tuuhea Mika)
Tuula Törmälä ... Avustaja (extra) (as Törmälä Tuula)
Sinikka Usvamaa ... Avustaja (extra) (as Usvamaa Sinikka)
Petri Uusranta ... Avustaja (extra) (as Uusranta Petri)
Kai Valkeala ... Avustaja (extra) (as Valkeala Kai)

Samuel Vauramo ... Avustaja (extra) (as Vauramo Samuli)
Ritva Vepsä ... Avustaja (extra) (as Vepsä Ritva)
Pentti Viljakainen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Viljakainen Pentti)
Raimo Virrantuomi ... Avustaja (extra) (as Virrantuomi Raimo)
Kai Vuorinen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Vuorinen Kai)
Konsta Väänänen ... Avustaja (extra) (as Väänänen Konsta)

Directed by
Aki Kaurismäki 
Writing credits
Aki Kaurismäki (written by)

Produced by
Aki Kaurismäki .... producer
Eila Werning .... co-producer: YLE TV1
Cinematography by
Timo Salminen 
Film Editing by
Timo Linnasalo 
Art Direction by
Markku Pätilä 
Costume Design by
Outi Harjupatana 
Makeup Department
Nadja Delcos .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ilkka Mertsola .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nadja Delcos .... assistant director
Art Department
Jouni Kortesato .... property master
Jukka Rautiainen .... set dresser
Pertti Salmenjoki .... set dresser
Jukka Salmi .... set designer
Sound Department
Jouko Lumme .... sound
Tero Malmberg .... sound
Olli Pärnänen .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Risto Jankkila .... digital restoration: TV master
Robert Lang .... digital film colorist
Camera and Electrical Department
Henri Heino .... lighting technician
Marja-Leena Hukkanen .... still photographer
Kalle Penttilä .... gaffer
Antti Reini .... lighting trainee
Rauno Ronkainen .... assistant camera
Antti Ruusuvuori .... lighting technician
Nea Salminen .... second assistant camera
Toni Salminen .... lighting technician
Jukka Talikka .... Steadicam operator
Elsa Varja .... lighting trainee
Olli Varja .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Tuija Kotamäki .... negative cutter
Timo Nousiainen .... color grader
Music Department
Olli Kykkänen .... music mixer
Olli Kykkänen .... music recordist
Ken Yokoyama .... composer: song "Hawaii no yoru"
Other crew
Haije Alanoja .... production secretary
Haije Alanoja .... script supervisor
Erkki Astala .... production support: Suomen Elokuvasäätiö
Mimmo Hildén .... caterer (as Mimmo Hilden)
Marja-Leena Hukkanen .... continuity
Eevi Kareinen .... production assistant
Tatu Masilkin .... technical assistant
Heikki Mattila .... technical assistant
Jan-Eric Nyström .... title designer
Laurent Nègre .... caterer (as Laurent Negre)
Paula Oinonen .... assistant to director
Paula Oinonen .... dog trainer: Hannibal
Olavi Tuomi .... location manager
Sinikka Usvamaa .... accountant (as Sinikka)
Pepe Ahlqvist .... thanks (as Ahlqvist Pepe)
Aimo Asikainen .... thanks (as Asikainen Aimo)
Henry Bollström .... thanks (as Bollström Henry)
Robert Bollström .... thanks (as Bollström Robert)
Clas-Ove Bruun .... thanks (as Bruun Clas-Ove)
Pekka Gronow .... thanks (as Gronow Pekka)
Tomi Heino .... thanks (as Heino Tomi)
Kari Heiskanen .... thanks (as Heiskanen Kari)
Teemu Ikonen .... thanks (as Ikonen Teemu)
Mikki Jaatinen .... thanks (as Jaatinen Mikki)
Sonja Jatuli .... thanks (as Jatuli Sonja)
Teemu Juntunen .... thanks (as Juntunen Teemu)
Juha Kannisto .... thanks (as Kannisto Juha)
Jaakko Karilainen .... thanks (as Karilainen Jaakko)
Niko Korhonen .... thanks (as Korhonen Niko)
Pirkko Kyckling .... thanks (as Kyckling Pirkko)
Aarne Kähkönen .... thanks (as Kähkönen Aarne)
Teemu Laitinen .... thanks (as Laitinen Teemu)
Robert Lindqvist .... thanks (as Lindqvist Robert)
Carl Lydholm .... thanks (as Lydholm Carl)
Pirjo Neva .... thanks (as Neva Pirjo)
Janne Nieminen .... thanks (as Nieminen Janne)
Kari Norovirta .... thanks (as Norovirta Kari)
Raili Nurminen .... thanks (as Nurminen Raili)
Tapio Oksanen .... thanks (as Oksanen Tapio)
Kaisa Paju .... thanks (as Paju Kaisa)
Pekka Palonen .... thanks (as Palonen Pekka)
Marja Penttinen .... thanks (as Penttinen Marja)
Vesa Perhoniemi .... thanks (as Perhoniemi Vesa)
Antero Puotinen .... thanks (as Puotinen Antero)
Jaakko Rahkonen .... thanks (as Rahkonen Jaakko)
Tuula Saastamoinen .... thanks (as Saastamoinen Tuula)
Kaj Silander .... thanks (as Silander Kaj)
Nils Smeds .... thanks (as Smeds Nils)
Tarja-Tuulikki Tarsala .... thanks (as Tarsala Tarja-Tuulikki)
Pekka Usenius .... thanks (as Usenius Pekka)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Mies vailla menneisyyttä" - Finland (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for some violence
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In the bar scene there is a portrait photo of Matti Pellonpää on the wall. He played in numerous Kaurismäki films before his sudden death in 1995.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
M:I went to the moon yesterday.
Irma:I see. How was it?
Irma:Meet anyone?
M:Not really; it was a Sunday.
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32 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
superb, warm, special and sweet, 2 November 2003
Author: Ed-90 from New England

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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