The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope

The melancholic tale of the friendship between a Syrian refugee and a restaurant-owner. Winner of the Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Director.

"Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a young Syrian refugee, arrives in Helsinki as a stowaway and applies for asylum. Meanwhile, travelling salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) decides to change his life, and invests in an unprofitable restaurant. When the authorities deny Khaled's application for asylum, he decides to stay on illegally, and it is then that he meets Wikström outside the restaurant. After a minor disagreement, Khaled is hired to work in the restaurant and finally finds some refuge, but it's far from permanent. [Director] Kaurismäki says that the film is an attempt to shatter the "way of only seeing refugees as either pitiful victims or arrogant economic immigrants invading our societies." With his unique sense of humour and fundamentally optimistic vision of the world, he achieves a great deal more than that." (Sydney Film Festival)

Winner of the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Director, 2017 Berlin International Film Festival
2017Rating: M, Mature Themes and Violence100 minsFinland, GermanyFinnish, English, Arabic and Swedish with English subtitles
ComedyDramaWorld Cinema
Director:
Aki Kaurismäki ('I Hired a Contract Killer', 'Leningrad Cowboys Go America', 'Le Havre')
Writer:
Aki Kaurismäki
Cast:
Sakari KuosmanenSherwan HajiSimon Al-BazoonJanne HyytiäinenNuppu KoivuIlkka KoivulaKaija PakarinenKati Outinen
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

"The Other Side of Hope" wants to take you back to a time when quirkiness in cinema felt not cute but bold. Apart from the songs, though, it just feels cute now. If that.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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Watching these players try to out-deadpan each other, almost to out-Kaurismäki each other, as preposterous flukes wipe them out is every bit as addictive as being on a winning streak.

5.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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It's at once honest and artful, a touching and clearsighted declaration of faith in people and in movies.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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He brings a strong intelligence to the writing, a weary sense of the world’s harshness. His feeling for comedy is light and always unpredictable, but he is driven by compassion.

4.0
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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As economical in his visual style as he is with his dialogue, Kaurismaki makes the most out of having his actors do the least.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Kaurismaki unashamedly believes in brotherhood, and among other things his film celebrates people who do the right thing without making a big deal about it.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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This is a world that reeks of cigarette smoke and cheap vodka, yet as always in the work of Finland's maestro of droll melancholy, the perfume that lingers longest is empathy.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Maverick as ever but fully engaged with the modern world, Kaurismäki dials back his trademark absurdism with a wry allegory of human struggle, empathy and connection.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

"The Other Side of Hope" wants to take you back to a time when quirkiness in cinema felt not cute but bold. Apart from the songs, though, it just feels cute now. If that.

0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Watching these players try to out-deadpan each other, almost to out-Kaurismäki each other, as preposterous flukes wipe them out is every bit as addictive as being on a winning streak.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's at once honest and artful, a touching and clearsighted declaration of faith in people and in movies.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

He brings a strong intelligence to the writing, a weary sense of the world’s harshness. His feeling for comedy is light and always unpredictable, but he is driven by compassion.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

As economical in his visual style as he is with his dialogue, Kaurismaki makes the most out of having his actors do the least.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Kaurismaki unashamedly believes in brotherhood, and among other things his film celebrates people who do the right thing without making a big deal about it.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This is a world that reeks of cigarette smoke and cheap vodka, yet as always in the work of Finland's maestro of droll melancholy, the perfume that lingers longest is empathy.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Maverick as ever but fully engaged with the modern world, Kaurismäki dials back his trademark absurdism with a wry allegory of human struggle, empathy and connection.

4.0
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