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The Man Without a Past
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The Man Without a Past

2002
Romance, Comedy
1h 37m
The second installation of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland Trilogy," this touching and amusing film portrays a man who must start his life anew when he is brutally mugged and loses his memory. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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73rd
85
An unusual film. It's very cold and detached and yet it ends up feeling very sweet. There's no question that amnesia as a plot device is fairly played out by now, but Kaurismäki puts an interesting spin on it in that the main character takes his memory loss in his stride to a surprising extent.
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87th
86
Amnesia is a hackneyed device, but it's refreshing to see a movie where the victim isn't laser-focused on recovering his memory. Instead, the amnesia (besides being a bureaucratic headache) serves as a springboard to a new personality. Ultimately, the film raises questions about the nature of identity. It takes a while to generate interest, the laughs are kinda far apart, and there's not enough Kati Outinen in it. But it's a sweet story with likeable characters and a tender romance.
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39th
53
Essentially, it's neither an artistic achievement -- a tale of dignity or the importance of care and kindness, some might say --, nor a deadpan comedy, some sort of european Wes Anderson with an european cool soundtrack. The thing is: Kaurismaki's still camera seems to be picturing not just a touching story of a nameless man trying to get back on track, but a dull sense of epic greatness or filmmaking poetry. I found that very pretentious.
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92nd
91
A subtle but hilarious comedy drama about a man who loses his memory and everything he has, to create new friendships and a new life. Although it is so subdued, there's a lot of emotion here.
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96th
88
In the second installation of the Finland AKA Loser trilogy, Kaurismäki utilizes a premise as old as Random Harvest (1942) - man loses identity due to amnesia - but with magnificent results. Characteristically, it is a kind film about a harsh reality, with Kati Outinen exploding with talent in her supporting role. One of the director's brightest, most amusing and riveting works.
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