The Man Without a Past

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The Man Without a Past
Man without a past.jpg
International poster
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Produced by Aki Kaurismäki
Written by Aki Kaurismäki
Starring Markku Peltola
Kati Outinen
Juhani Niemelä
Music by Leevi Madetoja
Cinematography Timo Salminen
Edited by Timo Linnasalo
Release dates
  • March 1, 2002 (2002-03-01)
Running time
97 minutes
Country Finland
Language Finnish
Budget €1,206,000[1]
Box office $9,564,237

The Man Without a Past (Finnish: Mies vailla menneisyyttä) is a 2002 Finnish comedy-drama film directed by Aki Kaurismäki and starring Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen and Juhani Niemelä. It is the second installment in Kaurismäki's Finland trilogy, the other two films being Drifting Clouds (1996) and Lights in the Dusk (2006). The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002 and won the Grand Prix at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

Plot[edit]

The film begins with an unnamed man arriving by train to Helsinki. After falling asleep in Kaisaniemi Park, he is mugged and beaten by hoodlums and is severely injured in the head, losing consciousness. He awakes and wanders back to the train station and collapses in its bathroom. He awakes the second time in a hospital and finds that he has lost his memory. He starts his life from scratch, living in container dwellings, finding clothes with help from the Salvation Army and making friends with the poor.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The Man Without a Past was co-produced by the Finnish companies Sputnik and YLE, the German companies Bavaria Film Studios and Pandora Filmproduktion and the French company Pyramide Productions.

Critical reception[edit]

The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes rated it 98%,[3] while Metacritic rated it 84,[4] which, according to the website's criteria, classifies the film's reception as "universal acclaim". Roger Ebert awarded the film 3½ stars out of 4, saying he "felt a deep but indefinable contentment".[5] Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter said the film "contains not one false note. It is the work of an artist fully in control of his art."[6] Barbara Scharres of the Chicago Reader said that Kaurismäki "perfects his trademark formula of deadpan humor and arctic circle pathos in this brilliantly ironic 2002 comedy."[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Award Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
ACCEC Awards 2002 Best Foreign Film Aki Kaurismäki Won [citation needed]
Academy Awards 2002 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated [8]
Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards 2002 Best Foreign Film Nominated [citation needed]
Bangkok International Film Festival 2003 Best Actress Kati Outinen Won [9][10][11]
Best Screenplay Aki Kaurismäki Won
Best Film Aki Kaurismäki Nominated
Bodil Awards 2002 Best Non-American Film Aki Kaurismäki Nominated [citation needed]
Camerimage 2002 Golden Frog Timo Salminen Nominated [citation needed]
Cannes Film Festival 2002 Best Actress Kati Outinen Won [12]
Grand Prize of the Jury Aki Kaurismäki Won
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Aki Kaurismäki Won
Golden Palm Aki Kaurismäki Nominated
Palm Dog Tähti Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2002 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated [citation needed]
César Awards 2002 Best European Union Film Nominated [citation needed]
European Film Awards 2002 Audience Award - Best Director Aki Kaurismäki Nominated [citation needed]
Best Actor Markku Peltola Nominated
Best Actress Kati Outinen Nominated
Best Cinematographer Timo Salminen Nominated
Best Director Aki Kaurismäki Nominated
Best Film Aki Kaurismäki Nominated
Best Screenwriter Aki Kaurismäki Nominated
Fajr Film Festival 2002 International Competition - Best Screenplay Aki Kaurismäki Won [citation needed]
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2002 Best Foreign-Language Film Nominated [citation needed]
Flanders International Film Festival 2002 Grand Prix Aki Kaurismäki Won [citation needed]
Guldbagge Awards 2002 Best Foreign Film Won [citation needed]
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists 2002 Best Director - Foreign Film Aki Kaurismäki Nominated [citation needed]
Jussi Awards 2002 Best Film Won [citation needed]
Best Actress Kati Outinen Won
Best Cinematography Timo Salminen Won
Best Direction Aki Kaurismäki Won
Best Editing Timo Linnasalo Won
Best Script Aki Kaurismäki Won
Best Actor Markku Peltola Nominated
Lübeck Nordic Film Days 2002 Audience Prize Aki Kaurismäki Won [citation needed]
National Society of Film Critics Awards 2002 Best Foreign Language Film Won [citation needed]
Nordic Council 2002 Nordic Council's Film Prize Aki Kaurismäki Won [citation needed]
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2002 FIPRESCI Prize Aki Kaurismäki Won [citation needed]
Robert Festival 2002 Best Non-American Film Aki Kaurismäki Nominated [citation needed]
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2002 FIPRESCI Film of the Year Aki Kaurismäki Won [citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Production support for Finnish films 1998-2004" (PDF) (in Finnish). Finnish Film Foundation. March 6, 2004. p. 2. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Fauth, Jurgen. The Man Without a Past, About.com. Accessed February 5, 2008.
  3. ^ The Man Without a Past at Rotten Tomatoes. Accessed February 5, 2008.
  4. ^ The Man Without a Past at Metacritic. Accessed February 5, 2008.
  5. ^ Ebert, Roger. The Man Without a Past, RogerEbert.com, June 27, 2003. Accessed January 30, 2016.
  6. ^ Honeycutt, Kirk. The Man Without A Past (Finland), The Hollywood Reporter, January 1, 2005. Accessed February 5, 2008. Archived from the original on December 12, 2006.
  7. ^ Scharres, Barbara. "The Man Without a Past". Chicago Reader. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ "The 75th Academy Awards (2003) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. AMPAS. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ Watson, Nigel. Bangkok International Film Festival 2003, Talking Pix; retrieved 2007-12-22
  10. ^ Hessey, Ruth. January 23, 2003. Bangkok finds its Golden Kinaree, The Age; retrieved 2007-12-22
  11. ^ Brooks, Brian. 'Talk to Her' takes top prizes at Bangkok International Film Festival, IndieWire; retrieved 2007-12-22[dead link]
  12. ^ "Mies Vailla Menneisyytta (The Man Without A Past)". Festival de Cannes. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 

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