Finnish master Kaurismäki’s brightly idiosyncratic black comedy is a testament to a community’s capacity for kindness and resilience.

It finds an unnamed amnesiac trying to make sense of his place in the world after a beating sees him left for dead. A ragtag bunch of down-and-outs nurse him back to health, as love blooms with Outinen’s Salvation Army worker. Kaurismäki’s rarified blend of social commentary, Keaton-esque deadpan and formal authority has never felt so refined.

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Wry, whimsical and sure of tone, dry in all of the right ways and without an ounce of condescension.