The Man Without a Past

Thursday, November 24 - Sunday, November 27, 2011

Internationally renowned filmmaker and auteur, Aki Kaurismäki, has given us the second installment of his Finland Trilogy, the touching and amusing The Man Without a Past.  A man (comically played with deadpan panache by Markku Peltola) must start his life anew when he is brutally mugged and loses his memory on his way to Helsinki to find work.  On his travels to rebuild his life, the man encounters a whole set of new quirky townspeople including a helpful and lovely Salvation Army officer (award-winning Kati Outlinen).  He also must deal with a whole new way of rebuilding his life.  With an equal balance of dignity, humor and a bit of melancholy typical of the films of Charlie Chaplin, Kaurismäki’s The Man Without a Past has been revered with awards from film festivals around the world as well as a nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. – Sony Pictures Classics

“[L]ike the great films of the 1930’s and early 40’s, it is at once artful and unpretentious, sophisticated and completely accessible, sure of its own authority and generous toward characters and audience alike” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

  • Country Finland/Germany/France
  • Language In Finnish with English subtitles
  • Rating PG-13
  • Year 2002
  • Running Time 97 minutes
  • Distributor Sony Pictures Classics
  • Director Aki Kaurismäki

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