The Man Without a Past
All Kaurismäki’s themes combine in this delightfully optimistic, serenely graceful, film about a man with amnesia who has to start again.
A stranger in town is robbed, beaten and left for dead. He can’t remember his past, and has to start again. Markku Peltola plays the newcomer who experiences the comfort of strangers and makes his home in a shipping container. Kati Outinen is a member of the Salvation Army who becomes his companion. He also adopts a supposedly savage dog named Hannibal and encourages the Army’s band to play rock ’n’ roll. In other words, it brings together all the signature Kaurismäki ideas.
– David Stratton, Retrospective Curator
Gentle, charming, quirky and utterly unique … [Kaurismäki] could hardly be seen to better effect than in this deadpan comedy. – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
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