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Story

The spare and quirky comedy of Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismaki is in delightful form in The Man Without a Past. A man (Markku Peltola) awakens after a brutal mugging with no memory; he wanders into the outskirts of Helsinki with his face wrapped like an escapee from a classic horror film. A destitute family helps nurse him back to health and a Salvation Army worker named Irma (Kati Outinen) helps him get a job. Though bureaucrats and policemen who can't seem to cope with this amnesiac's lack of established identity, the amnesiac plants potatoes, manages a rock & roll band, and romances Irma as he builds a new self. Kaurismaki weaves his movies out of small details and careful, cautious steps forward--but by the end, The Man Without a Past has become a rich, engrossing, and very funny portrait of the possibilities of life. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen

Cast

Markku Peltola
Kati Outinen
Annikki T?i

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Aki Kaurism?
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 97 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 7, 2003
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