Recently dumped Finnish archaeology student on trip to Murmansk shares a compartment with a vodka-soused roughneck in an irresistible romantic drama.
Juho Kuosmanen charmed the film world with the feather-light romantic feature film debut The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (GFF, 2017). Now he is back with a wonderful love story about odd strangers on a train. The student Laura has a relationship in crisis with the cosmopolitan academic Irina, who cancels their planned railway trip to the petroglyphs in Murmansk. Laura goes anyway, but is forced to share a compartment with the coarse and wasted miner Ljoha. Seidi Haarla and Yuriy Borisov stand for two of this year’s best acting performances in the portrayal of how the travelers’ initial hostility softens as the train approaches the Arctic latitudes. Compartment No. 6 is Finland’s Oscars contribution and was awarded with the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.
- Jonas Holmberg