The Man Without a Past Movie Review 2002

Information and Film Reviews for The Man Without a Past the Movie

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Deadpan comedy/drama takes place on the outskirts of Helsinki and the fringes of society. A man (Peltola) is robbed and left for dead; he stumbles out of the hospital with amnesia and is found by two young brothers who take him home to their parents and a shantytown existence in a shipping container. He gets housing in his own container, does odd jobs to make some money, and finds romance with Salvation Army worker Irma (Outinen). When his identity is finally discovered, it doesn't matter, he has made a new life and decides to let go of his past. Finnish with subtitles.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 97 minutes.
Originally from Finnish, German, French.

Cast and Crew

Amnesia, Homeless, Workin' for a Livin'
Aki Kaurismaki
Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Juhani Nielmela, Kaija Pakarinen, Sakari Kuosmanen
Timo Salminen
Aki Kaurismaki
Jouke Lumme, Tero Malmberg, Timo Linnasalo, Outi Harjupatana, Markku Patila, Jukka Salmi
Aki Kaurismaki, Pandora Film, Pyramide Productions, Sputnik, Sony Pictures Classics


Natl. Soc. Film Critics 2003: Foreign Film.

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