The Other Side of Hope (2017)

  • The Other Side of Hope
    • Genre : Drama, Comedy
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    • MPAA Rating : -
    • Duration : 98 minute(s)
    • Production Budget : -
    • Studio : Janus Films
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  • Director Aki Kaurismaki
  • Producer Aki Kaurismaki
  • Screenwriter Aki Kaurismaki
  • Starring
    • Sherwan Haji,
    • Sakari Kuosmanen,
    • Ville Virtanen,
    • Dome Karukoski,
    • Kati Outinen,
    • Niroz Haji,
    • Tommi Eronen


This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismaki, a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife and job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant.

After Khaled is denied asylum, he decides not to return to Aleppo-and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously. As deadpan as the best of the director's work, and with a deep well of empathy for its down-but-not-out characters (many of them played by members of Kaurismäki's ever-reliable stock company), "The Other Side of Hope" is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference.

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