Big Finnish

An amnesia film that's worth remembering

He has been beaten senseless and memoryless. His name, job, home: gone. When he rents a storage bin to live in, his new landlord warns, "If you don't pay up, I'll send my killer dog to bite your nose off," and adds menacingly, "You won't be able to smoke in the shower."

Life is tough among the squatters of Helsinki. But in Aki Kaurismaki's The Man Without a Past, it's also blessed with stray kindnesses. An electrician wires up the storage bin, and when the Man (Markku Peltola) asks, "What do I owe you?" the electrician answers, "If you see me...

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