Compartment No. 6 Ending Explained & Film Analysis

The meaning of the film Compartment No. 6 & Compartment Number Six is ​​a 2021 drama film by Juho Kuosmanen. It was released in the co-production of four countries – Germany, Finland, Estonia and Latvia. This is a melancholic story about two lonely fellow travelers who are forced to travel in the same compartment.

The plot of the movie Compartment No. 6

The scenario of “Compartment number six” was based on the plot of the novel by the Finnish writer Rosa Liksom. The main character of the film is Laura, a student of the Faculty of Archeology. She comes from Finland to look at the petroglyphs recently found in Murmansk. Laura has an affair with a professor of literature – Irina. Laura finds herself in Moscow bohemia. She attends intellectual parties, meets Irina’s friends, lives in her chic apartment and feels great, although their relationship is far from ideal, and Irina subtly hints to Laura about their inevitable end, sending her on a trip to the petrographers alone.

Laura finds herself in a compartment with a Russian miner – Alexei – and he immediately arouses her dislike. The young man sings, calls her names and forces her to leave the bunk, and then the train. At some point, the girl is going to cancel the trip and return to Moscow, but because of Irina’s words, she refuses this thought.

The joint path forces Laura and Alexei to get to know each other better. At first, they just talk about the reason for their trip, and the miner sincerely does not understand why Laura went across half the country in order to see them.

Experiencing severe stress and being in no less grave condition due to the silence of the professor, Laura, trying to somehow drown out her state of despair, agrees to go with Alexei in an unknown direction to an old woman completely unfamiliar to her. Who she is for the viewer remains a secret, as well as where Alexey got the car from, although you can guess that he stole it. In a sagging old hut, Laura gets drunk in the company of Alexei and a woman, listens to her speeches about the importance of following the call of one’s own heart (as she puts it, the inner chicken), and Laura is imbued with this thought.

Because of this short night spent together with Alexei, Laura becomes less withdrawn and stops feeling disgust for him.

At one of the stops, a Finn joins them, which upsets Alexei a lot – Laura has become the subject of his interest, and the new neighbor has drawn all her attention to himself. This situation hurts him so much that he stops contacting them and ignores her even after Laura, having left the train and stumbled upon a group of men drinking in the garage in one alley, returns with two bottles of moonshine.

From the very beginning of the trip, Laura filmed everything that surrounded her, and after the Finn left the train, the camera disappeared. Who actually took it will not be announced. Laura cries and tells Alexei everything – both her Moscow life, the professor’s luxurious apartment, just captured on camera, and her unhappy love for Irina, and that they were supposed to go together to see petrographs.

After this revelation, they go to a restaurant to celebrate the end of this short journey. They drink cognac. Laura gives Alexei her drawing, asks to exchange addresses and draw her, but he does not support her enthusiasm and returns to the compartment. There, catching up with him, Laura persistently kisses her. Alex immediately after that leaves her.

Unfortunately, it turns out that Laura will not be able to see the petrographs – there is no way to get there in winter. At first, the girl tries to find a way to get there herself, but it doesn’t work, and she finds the mines where Alexey works, and he helps her get to the petrographs and fulfill her dream by raising all her connections.

Leaving her, Aleksey leaves her a note with a drawing that he didn’t give away earlier, with an inscription in Finnish “I love you”.

The meaning of the film Compartment No. 6

The broken and depressive atmosphere of the mid-late nineties, shown in the film, evokes melancholy and melancholy, causes a feeling of despair. Cramped reserved seats, compartments with uncomfortable fellow travelers, non-stop drinking and smoking – such a picture of Russia is drawn by the screenwriter. The topic raised here is simple. These are suddenly emerging feelings, and attempts by all possible means to avoid loneliness and despair due to the fact that life is not going as well as we would like. The heroine follows the simple truth that she heard from an old woman in an old hut over a glass of moonshine: follow your heart. And that’s exactly what she does.

The unhurried, slow and unhurried story shown in the film may raise a number of questions in the viewer: how does it happen that Laura suddenly gets imbued with Alexei, although she sees that he is a drunkard and a thief? She gets to the bottom of the inner qualities of a miner, realizing that he is actually not as bad as it was thought at first, because it is he who pulls her out of the abyss of despair into which her former love drove her, it is he who fulfills her dream, despite the fact that everyone said it was impossible.

So, “Compartment number six” is a drama that may appeal to lovers of unhurried romantic stories, lovers of the depressive atmosphere of the nineties and the railway theme.

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  1. SH

    You wrote that “Leaving her, Aleksey leaves her a note with a drawing that he didn’t give away earlier, with an inscription in Finnish “I love you”.”

    No, when Ljoha asks how to say “I love you” in Finnish, Laura answers “Haista vittu”, which basically means “f**k off”. So in Ljoha’s (Aleksey’s) note there is inscription “F**k off” … but of course Laura knows what Ljoha thought it means. It nicely “closes the circle” from the beginning of the trip and how things have changed.

  2. Julie Andress

    Thank you for this analysis! I loved this film. One observation: when I looked up the phrase “Haistu vittu”, it means a vulgar term in Finnish: “F**k you” or “go f**k yourself”. That’s what Alexei wrote in the note. (According to the film). Although I’d prefer it meant “I love you”. ❤️

  3. Julie Andress

    Thanks SH. I didn’t see your comment before. I forgot about Ljoha asking her how to say “I love You” earlier in the film. Helpful comment!