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1,975 Ratings

The Man Without a Past

Mies vailla menneisyyttä

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Finland, Germany, 2002
Comedy, Drama, Romance


The film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. He starts his life from scratch, living in container dwellings, finding clothes with help from the Salvation Army and making friends with the poor.

Our take

Don’t call it a comeback — but with a remarkable resurgence, Aki Kaurismäki scored one of his biggest critical and commercial successes with this impeccable distillation of his uniquely dry and deadpan style. A compassionate and humane, heavily ironic comedy.

The Man Without a Past Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2002 | 3 wins including: Grand Prix

Academy Awards

2003 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

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