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Film
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  The Man Without A Past cinematronic
  director

Aki Kaurismäki

cast

Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Juhani Niemelä, Kaija Pakarinen, Sakari Kuosmanen

year

2002

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  The movies of Aki Kaurismäki are all about human frailties and eccentricities, as informed by the Finnish writer/director's penchant for dry, deadpan humor. "The Man Without a Past," Kaurismäki 's darkly comic tale of perseverance and romance, is no different; it's also an inspiring ode to mankind's resolute will to live. But "The Man ..." starts off with a scene so barbaric that the tendency is to look away. Weather it, and the rest of the experience will be worth the initial discomfort. A nondescript man, played by the taciturn Markku Peltola, gets off of a train, and within minutes, is beaten unconscious and robbed by a gang of thugs. Somehow living through the assault, he recovers with a case of amnesia. He's a middle-aged man with no name, money or memory, so he moves into a vacant cargo container in an urban shantytown, dines in a Salvation Army bread line and seeks gainful employment. He finds friends and a support system in this twilight existence, where he shows his mettle and creativity. He also woos a plain, introverted woman (Kati Outinen) who works for the Salvation Army and who, tentatively, returns his affection. "The Man ..." is a tattered charmer.  
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