21:00 TONIGHT in Master Class series: Mies vailla menneisyyttä (The Man Without a Past) by Aki Kaurismäki. The second part of his Helsinki trilogy, this internationally one of his most recognised films (won Grand Prix in Cannes 2002) is a precisely critical portrayal of modern industrial society from a point of view of a man who has lost his memory and does not know who he is.
Revealing how social control in our societies work and how a society built on serving the profit maximising industries leave no breathing space for humans in it – the few humans left amongst people – the film can also be read as a utopian post mortem dream, where the working class still exists as a counter force to the bourgeoisie modernity. Unfortunately our reality bears no signs of a conscious working class nor any utopia of the sort. Cinema is a dream experienced collectively.
After illegally fixing the electricity to M’s new home, the construction container:
M: What do I owe you?
Electrician: If you ever find me face down in the gutter, turn me around.