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Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, 2002)

Offers up a subversive comic sensibility, one that somehow combines Buster Keaton’s deadpan stare with Frank Capra’s tireless optimism and filters them both through a black-ice Finnish point of view.
— Los Angeles Times

Markku Peltola stars as a middle-aged welder who suffers amnesia after a brutal beating in a Helsinki park  and starts living on the outskirts of the city as he slowly puts his life back on track. Man Without a Past is classic Kaurismäki that brings out the Finn's unique blend of humanity and offbeat humour. And, with only a little imaginative leap required, makes for a wonderfully alternative Christmas flick sez we. Ho ho ho.