Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Written by: Aki Kaurismäki
The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy (after Drifting Clouds), the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and slowly starts putting his life back on track.
Filming location: Helsinki
Awards: Nominated for Oscar
in helsinki we spent one of our nights at the kaurismakis brothers' bar. aki kaurismaki is an awarded film director who i had discovered during my internship at la biennale of venice and i was asked to transcribe interviews of a few famous directors.
i have only a few words for this film: the man without a past is a humanist film with jumps into the theatre of the absurd and an endearing romance staging the most humble and genuine feelings. the protagonist's capacity of creating his dignified life in a run-down community at the outskirts of helsinki was touching and fascinating without being sentimental, and reminded me the hero of Bon Bon El Perro.
M: What do I owe you?
Electrician: If you ever find me face down in the gutter, turn me around to my back
[M is renting an abandoned shipping container]
M: When can I move in?
Anttila: As soon as I turn my back.
M: And the keys?
Anttila: You see a lock anywhere?
Anttila: Don't go splitting hairs then, or I'll take the door, too.