1hr 48mins

Juho Kuosmanen’s follow up to The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is a beautifully moving portrayal of a chance encounter on a train crossing Russia in the early ‘90s.

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Summer of Cinema
Juho Kuosmanen
very strong language
Finnish & Russian
Contains Foreign Language Subtitles

In early ‘90s Russia, Finnish archaeology student Laura (Seidi Haarla) boards a train in Moscow with the intention of seeing some ancient rock drawings in the arctic port town of Murmansk. Jilted by her girlfriend who had promised to join her on the trip, she finds herself trapped in a cramped train compartment with Vadim (Yoriy Borisov), a boorish, drunken miner prone to offensive outbursts.

Travelling across the frozen expanse of Northwest Russia, Laura’s anticipation of a gruelling journey slowly gives way to something else, as she and Vadim slowly form an uncertain, halting connection, full of mordant humour and powerful, beautifully observed emotional shifts.

Juho Kuosmanen’s follow-up to his warm-hearted comedy The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016) once again demonstrates a compassionately humanist vision, one in which unfolding relationships are realised with a kind and observational subtlety. Making fantastic use of the original Soviet-era train carriage that provides its’ setting as well as the majesty of the passing landscape, Compartment No. 6 is warm, quietly hopeful human drama at its’ very best.

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Mon 29 Aug

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