Film review – Compartment No. 6 (2021)

Compartment No. 6

A romance film that is not romantic in the conventional sense, a road trip film that is not really a road trip film, a film about cultural clashes that is really just about two specific individuals, Compartment No. 6 defies expectations in the most rewarding ways. Predominantly set onboard a train travelling from Moscow to Murmansk, in the far northwest of Russia, this is the second film by Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen and the joint award winner of the Cannes Grand Prix at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. It follows Laura (Seidi Haarla), a Finnish student travelling to see the ancient petroglyphs near the remote city, and her encounter with Ljoha (Yuriy Borisov), a Russian man travelling to work at the city’s mine. Sharing a compartment together on the long train ride, the pair initially seem to be polar opposites, but over the course of their journey they form a deep bond.

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