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The Man Without a Past (2002)

Cast: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Juhani Niemela, more...
Director: Aki Kaurismaki
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Foreign, Scandinavia
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: Finnish
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Aki Kaurismaki's The Man Without a Past opens with the title character (Markku Peltola) being savagely beaten. At the hospital he is declared dead, but he sits up and walks out on his own power. He is taken in by a mother and her two sons, discovers an old jukebox that inspires local musicians, and discovers he has skills as a welder. When he becomes unwittingly involved in a bank robbery, and the man is unable to give the police his name, the cops send out feelers trying to figure out the man's identity. Soon his wife appears. The Man Without a Past was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival where it was awarded the Grand Prix, the most storied prize after the Palme D'Or. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

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Dessicated Sense of Humor by JPielaszczyk March 29, 2005 - 11:46 AM PST
0 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I enjoyed the ad-hoc community of dwellers of abandoned shipping containers, the bartering of goods and services, the pragmatic pocket-garden of potatoes and the cruel math at its harvest: very post-economics-apocalypse.

The lead Salvation Army-woman was great with her repressed Lake Missoulas of pent-up libido arcing to the stranger in the bread line.

(Gratuitous note on Finno-Ugric languages: a mere thousand years ago, Vikings went upstream of major Euro rivers with one result that Finnish and Hungarian languages are closely related, even though geographically distant. Go figure.)

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2002
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
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