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Man Without A Past

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Mature Audience

Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

NOTE: Contains violence

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Man Without A Past

Internationally renowned filmmaker and auteur, Aki Kaurismaki, has given us the funny and amusing second installation of his Finland Trilogy.

"The Man Without a Past's hero, M, is a solemn leather-jacketed man (Peltola) who arrives in Helsinki, sits on a bench and promptly gets beaten within an inch of his life by three thugs – a startling and rare burst of violence for Kaurismaki. He is taken to hospital and bandaged up, mummy-style, but soon flatlines and is declared dead. Almost immediately he jolts back to life, and in a visual gag that dazzingly wrong-foots the audience, crunches his nose back into position before heading out in to the world.

Unable to remember who he is, he is taken in by a friendly couple (Niemela and Pakarinen) in a community of down-and-outs living in old freight containers. M does a deal with the freight yard's corrupt and grandiloquent security guard Anttila, aka ‘Whip of God’ (Kuosmanen) for a container complete with a working juke-box stocked with R&B and Blind Lemon Jefferson blues. He doggedly builds himself a new life, with inspiration from Salvation Army officer Irma (Outinen), who returns his chaste pattern."

Jonathan Romney, Screen International

Critic Reviews:

  • " Kaurismaki's movies can tickle you with the briefest of statements, the smallest of gestures. " – Jay Boyar
  • " At the end of The Man Without a Past, I felt a deep but indefinable contentment. " – Roger Ebert
  • " A powerful film made with minimal means, it's a story of poor people on the fringes of society, done without sentimentality or condescension but with wicked humor. " – Michael Wilmington
Release date NZ
January 1st, 1998
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Length (Minutes)
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
Country of Production
  • France
  • Drama
Movie Format
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Original Release Year
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