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.
A rich humanist tale that gives the aura of archetypal depressing Scandinavian movie. The stoical exterior though is only a tool to showcase Kaurismaki's unique brand of humor mixing poverty, love and American rock n roll together. Proving that hope and the small ridiculous joys in life are invoked no matter how depressing a situation may appear to be.