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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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Aki Kaurismäki

Writer:

Aki Kaurismäki

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Markku Peltola ... M
Kati Outinen ... Irma
Juhani Niemelä Juhani Niemelä ... Nieminen
Kaija Pakarinen Kaija Pakarinen ... Kaisa Nieminen
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Anttila
Annikki Tähti Annikki Tähti ... Manager of Flea Market
Anneli Sauli ... Bar Owner
Elina Salo ... Dock Clerk
Outi Mäenpää ... Bank Clerk
Esko Nikkari Esko Nikkari ... Bank Robber
Pertti Sveholm Pertti Sveholm ... Police Detective
Matti Wuori Matti Wuori ... Layer
Aino Seppo Aino Seppo ... Ex-wife
Janne Hyytiäinen ... Ovaskainen
Antti Reini Antti Reini ... Electrician
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Finland | Germany | France

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

1 March 2002 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Without a Past See more »

Filming Locations:

Verkkosaari, Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FIM 8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,392 (Finland), 8 November 2002

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,281, 6 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$921,547, 21 September 2003
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 cooking dinner]
Irma: Are you sure I can't help?
M: I think it's ruined already.
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Connections

Referenced in Seto no hanayome: The Man Without a Past (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A weird, but astonishing and silently funny film
30 January 2003 | by a2859289See 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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