The Man Without a Past
The Man Without a Past (2002)

Aki Kaurismaki's The Man Without a Past opens with the title character (Markku Peltola) being savagely beaten. At the hospital he is declared dead, but he sits up and walks out on his own power. He is taken in by a mother and her two… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 30, 2002
DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kaurismäki delivers another droll comedy full of his trademark humor.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Kaurismaki's movies can tickle you with the briefest of statements, the smallest of gestures.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Deliciously slow-paced film.

Josh Larsen

...dourly delightful.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

At the end of The Man Without a Past, I felt a deep but indefinable contentment.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Wry, whimsical and sure of tone, dry in all of the right ways and without an ounce of condescension.

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Anton Bitel
Daily Info

M's past... is almost an irrelevance, for Kaurismäki's film is really concerned with the possibility of wiping the slate clean and replacing globalised, corporate living with the values of a utopian community of barter and free association.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Full of deadpan humor.

Boyd van Hoeij

What sets this film apart from other quirky adventures is its internal coherence (both in terms of storytelling and visual style) as well as the humanity of its characters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Sam Barnett
Slow and dry, this Finland-set dramedy and its amnesiac protagonist seem to be searching for meaning along with the audience. It's a challenging watch,… More
Stefanie C
Jim Jarmusch aptly summarized this film: "it's sad enough to make you laugh, and funny enough to make you cry."
Jan Marc Macababayao
The Man Without A Past raises a question, "what would make a changed better man?" A rather odd but interesting lovely story that delineates past,… More
Ross Collins
A well told, simple story about a Finnish man suffering from amnesia. The style reminds me of American movies of the 60s, and there's a few nice political… More
Idrees Khan
Great dialogue, interesting story and all that...but it just felt meh. It's a bit too dry for my tastes
Lesley N
M turns up in a Finnish town, gets mugged and as a result loses his memory of everything including his name. Now he has to build a life from scratch. A strange… More