Compartment No. 6
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Compartment No. 6

April 29, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

A Finnish student and a vodka-swilling miner slowly forge a hesitant connection when they are thrown together in cramped train quarters on a journey across Russia.

21/22 Hop Film

COMPARTMENT NO. 6 | Official Trailer (2022)


When we first meet the two passengers in Juho Kuosmanen's masterful new film (co-winner of the Cannes Grand Prix), they seem like unlikely friends.They're divided by class, nationality and language. A Finnish grad student has just left her Russian lover and boarded a train headed for the arctic port of Murmansk to see the rock drawings. A loutish miner, who polishes off a large bottle of vodka the first night of the trip, is reporting for work at the massive mine in the region. As the journey drags on, though, cracks appear in the facades they present and their vulnerabilities force them to recognize each other as far more complex than the fronts they present to the world—or what their own prejudices dictate.

As with his exquisite debut, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, Kuosmanen again proves himself to be a brilliant director of actors (both leads are stellar) and, perhaps more importantly, an artist who's both an acute observer and profoundly compassionate. D: Juho Kuosmanen, Finland, subtitled, 2022

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