The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope
  • 2017
  • Finland / Germany
  • 1h 38min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Cast: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kousmanen, Ville Virtanen, Kati Outinen
  • Language: Finnish/English/Arabic/Swedish
  • UK release: 26 May 2017

Syrian asylum-seeker Khaled (Haji) meets travelling salesman-turned-restaurateur Wikström (Kuosmanen), and after an awkward start, a beautiful friendship is born. Kaurismaki is back and at the top of his game, with a melancholy, gorgeous-looking, sometimes screamingly funny exploration of the kindness of strangers. How we’ve missed him.

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Finland’s master of deadpan comedy returns with the story of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian asylum seeker and an elderly Finnish restaurant owner. Winner of the Berlin Silver Bear for Best Director, this film is full of hilarious sight gags, poker-faced one liners and a toe-tapping rockabilly soundtrack.

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The Other Side of Hope

22 May 20175 stars

Masterful, compassionate and typically idiosyncratic dramedy from the great Aki Kaurismäki

Absence makes the heart grow fonder in The Other Side of Hope, the first feature from Finland's Aki Kaurismäki since 2011's Le Havre. The second in his planned 'ports' trilogy has all the Kaurismäki hallmarks we have come to know and love, from the…

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