Thursday, December 16, 2004

The Man Without a Past

I stumbled across the Finnish film Mies vailla menneisyyttä (The Man Without a Past) on cable this week. It's a very nice film and unlike anything your going to see from an American director. Set on the working waterfront of Helsinki, it tells the story of a man with amnesia who builds a new life with the help of fellow poor and down trodden. What really differentiated and made the film for me wasn't the story however, it was the Finnish personalities and lifestyles. This movie looks like it could have been set 50 years ago but it's contemporary Finland. It's a fascinating look at a place I know very little about. I highly recommend it.
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