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Mies vailla menneisyyttä (2002)

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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Irma
Juhani Niemelä ...
Nieminen
Kaija Pakarinen ...
Kaisa Nieminen
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Annikki Tähti ...
Manager of Flea Market
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Bar Owner
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Dock Clerk
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Bank Clerk
Esko Nikkari ...
Bank Robber
Pertti Sveholm ...
Police Detective
Matti Wuori ...
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Aino Seppo ...
Ex-wife
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Ovaskainen
Antti Reini ...
Electrician

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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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6 November 2002 (France)  »

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L'homme sans passé  »

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FIM 8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,392 (Finland) (8 November 2002)

Gross:

$921,547 (USA) (19 September 2003)
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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 »

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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: What do I owe you?
Electrician: If you ever find me face down in the gutter, turn me around to my back.
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Symphony n°3 in A major op. 55
(Adagio)
Performed by the Oulu Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Arvo Volmer
(Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947))
Produced by Kimmo Pihlajamaa
Executive producers: Riitta Pulliainen & Timo Ruottinen
Published by Warner/Chappell Finland
(P) 2001 Alba records/ABCD 162
© Alba Music
Licensed courtesy of Alba Music
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A weird, but astonishing and silently funny film
30 January 2003 | by See 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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