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The Other Side of Hope (2017)The Other Side of Hope (2017)

The Other Side of Hope (2017)

Comedy, Drama

7.6

movie

Finland, Germany

Arabic, English, Finnish

Easy, Slow, Weird

2017

Aki Kaurismäki

Antti Virmavirta, Clas-Ove Bruun, Dome Karukoski

101 min

Synopsis

A restaurateur befriends a Syrian refugee who has recently arrived in Finland.

Our Take

7.6
Bilal Zouheir

Finnish director and megastar Aki Kaurismäki hits with yet another absurd but poignant movie. The Other Side of Hope is about a Syrian refugee and his journey across Finland, both the country and the culture, in hopes for a fresh start. It’s a genuine and simple movie, played masterfully by a cast of newcomers. But in its simplicity, it elicits empathy on a subject that most of us choose not to dwell on nowadays. Aki Kaurismäki has the unbelievable skill of distilling tragic events into their humane component. A movie to give credit to, and to watch without any prior expectations – unless you’re familiar with Aki Kaurismäki’s previous work.

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It was for movies like this that I joined “A good movie to watch”. This is a movie where you meet an author. Loved it.

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