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Cannes Film Festival winner and “one of the best films of the year” (Vulture), Compartment No. 6 is an unconventional love story that takes place as two strangers share a Russian train journey through the Arctic Circle.
In 1990s Moscow, Finnish student Laura has become lovers with her urbane and glamorous professor Irina.
Evidence mounts that Irina is not as serious about their affair as Laura, and when the professor pulls out of a planned joint trip to look at ancient petroglyphs, Laura undertakes the long train journey to Murmansk on her own. In compartment 6, she encounters her companion on the journey: Vadim, a misogynistic, drunk lout who immediately insults her. But as time passes, and the two experience terrain rough in more ways than one, an
unexpected bond is formed between these very different people.
Juho Kuosmanen, whose debut feature was the charming The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, has made a sparkling and inventive film about human connection in the tradition of films such as Lost in Translation and Before Sunrise that critics have hailed as “an impossibly beautiful film” (Wall Street Journal)
An uplifting and unconventional romance with compelling performances from Seidi Haarla and Yuriy Borisov, and beautiful filmmaking from award-winning director Juho Kuosmanen inspired by the novel by Rosa Liksom
★★★★ “Beautifully believable performances . . . rivalling the nuanced naturalistic charm of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy... like a balm for the soul in these tumultuous times.” The Guardian
★★★★ “A love story… a total charmer, and will have you reaching for an Interrail ticket immediately afterwards.” Empire Online
‘A balm for the soul in these tumultuous times’ – Mark Kermode, Observer UK
‘This unconventional love story – which plays like a Richard Linklater film set in the Arctic Circle - is a total
charmer’ – Empire Magazine
‘Train romance is a Finnish Before Sunrise’ – The Guardian
‘It’s an impossibly beautiful film’ – Wall Street Journal
“A rich emotional journey and a witty comic train movie…” British Film Institute
“Unexpectedly uplifting in its insights into human solitude and connection.” The Hollywood Reporter
“A beacon of warmth amid a frozen wasteland.” Time Out
“A take on the love story as fresh, resonant and honest… as you’ll find in a contemporary film.” Los Angeles Times
Finnish and Russian language with English subtitles