Young Finnish archaeology student Laura is convinced by her lecturer – and lover – to take a trip to an ancient site of petroglyphs near the Arctic Circle.
When she embarks on the long-distance train journey to take her there, she has to share her carriage with the Ljoha a seemingly foul-mouthed, misogynistic drunk travelling to his new job as a miner. Initially they despise each other, but, the more time Laura spends with Ljoha the more they connect and Ljoha reveals an unforeseen kindness beneath the macho façade.
Winner of the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s Compartment No. 6 is a warming and unexpected tale of adventure, self-discovery and human connection.
Director: Juho Kuosmanen
Cast: Seidi Haarla, Yuriy Borisov, Yuliya Aug
107 minutes, Finland, Germany, Russia, 2021, 15A
★★★★ “Despite the bone-chilling cold of its location in Murmansk in Russia’s remote north-west, there’s a wonderful human warmth and humour in this offbeat romantic story of strangers on a train.”
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“This is one of those films where the journey matters more than the destination… deeply atmospheric’’
– Jonathan Romey, Screen International
‘‘Kuosmanen’s storytelling has a fundamental generosity of spirit, tender though not sentimental.’’
– David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter