TIFF 2021 - Film #9
Juho Kuosmanen manages to capture something magical here. Two strangers, one interested in understanding the present through the past, and the other just... living in the present - they feel like they couldn't be more different, but it's not long until they start discovering they're more alike than it might seem. Now, all of this makes the film sound like some kind of cheesy romcom, and that's not at all what Compartment No. 6 is.
It's a film about a very cold, winter trip, about two lonely people who feel alone, who struggle to connect... and yet it feels so warm. It's hard to describe because this warmth comes from the way the director treats his characters and the seemingly cold world around them. Stories about human connection have always been incredibly special to me, and this one is absolutely beautiful. I was sad it ended.