The film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. He starts his life from scratch, living in container dwellings, finding clothes with help from the Salvation Army and making friends with the poor.
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I found it charming to a fault, because Kaurismaki wallows too much in these characters' (and implicitly a portion of Finland's) abject conditions to make a fully convincing portrait. I found his social commentary frankly jaundiced and no more sensitive, interesting or incisive than the usual lower-middle class rants about politics and the government one hears on populist TV-shows.
You might think this is just a normal film. It's not normal! It's Kaurismaki! I find his films quite intriguing. They have an absurd humour and an unpredictability to them. I didn't get him the first time I saw one of his films. It's a bit like trying to understand a different sense of humour or a different language. If you watch them more than once, as I did with this film, you start to understand his rhythms.