The Man Without a Past
The Man Without a Past ★★★ Mies Vailla Menneisyytta 2002
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. 97m/C VHS, DVD . FI GE FR Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Juhani Nielmela, Kaija Pakarinen, Sakari Kuosmanen; D: Aki Kaurismaki; W: Aki Kaurismaki; C: Timo Salminen. Natl. Soc. Film Critics ‘03: Foreign Film.