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The Man Without a Past

2002, Comedy/Drama, 1h 37m

99 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Kaurismäki delivers another droll comedy full of his trademark humor. Read critic reviews

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After a brutal beating in a Helsinki park, a middle-aged welder (Markku Peltola) falls into a coma. When he wakes up, he cannot recollect a single detail about his life. Unable to provide information to the authorities, the man has no legal way to regain his life. He finds a community of homeless people, and creates a home out of a metal container. He eventually meets Irma (Kati Outinen), a Salvation Army worker, and they fall in love while he rebuilds a life with new friends and a new job.

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  • Sep 26, 2013
    Slow and dry, this Finland-set dramedy and its amnesiac protagonist seem to be searching for meaning along with the audience. It's a challenging watch, especially for those who know little about the local culture, but there remain moments of universal humor, warmth, and melancholy that overpower Kaurismaki's alienating idiosyncrasies.
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  • Sep 09, 2011
    The Man Without A Past raises a question, "what would make a changed better man?" A rather odd but interesting lovely story that delineates past, present, and future. Vivid, subtle characters blessed with sincere humanity and profound personalities. Hilarious. Brilliant. Compelling.
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  • May 29, 2011
    Great dialogue, interesting story and all that...but it just felt meh. It's a bit too dry for my tastes
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  • Dec 14, 2010
    Jim Jarmusch aptly summarized this film: "it's sad enough to make you laugh, and funny enough to make you cry."
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