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84

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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

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  • Summary: The second installation of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland Trilogy," this touching and amusing film portrays a man who must start his life anew when he is brutally mugged and loses his memory. (Sony Pictures Classics)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Kaurismaki is Finland's greatest filmmaker, and never has he more artfully balanced his patented blend of deadpan humor, low-key melodrama, and toe-tapping music.
  2. The message, if there must be one, of this marvelous, stubbornly personal movie is that there is a spark in every soul.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    Droll, reticent, flawlessly filmed fable of generosity.
  4. 83
    Something in the simplicity of its vision gives The Man Without a Past a dimension of heroic grandeur -- and that effect, too, seems to tickle Kaurismaki's funny bone.
  5. 80
    It's a gentle, surprising little movie whose rewards lie in what its characters don't say as much as in what they do.
  6. 80
    If Aki Kaurismaki were the Eagles, which he is not, The Man Without a Past might be considered a kind of "best of" album.
  7. I suspect that, like the Coen brothers, David Lynch, and Wes Anderson -– our American masters of idiosyncrasy -– Kaurismäki has a limited appeal. Those who get him, really get him.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. EricP.
    Mar 26, 2007
    10
    A real jewel, unpretentious, no special effects but only deep human feelings from poor people on the margins who never complain of their A real jewel, unpretentious, no special effects but only deep human feelings from poor people on the margins who never complain of their fate. A tribute to humble people. Superb filming and acting. Moving. Expand

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