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The Other Side of Hope(Toivon tuolla puolen)

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Finland, Germany · 2017
1h 41m
Director Aki Kaurismäki
Starring Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji, Simon Al-Bazoon, Janne Hyytiäinen
Genre Comedy, Drama

Wikström is a savvy gambler who intends to revamp his recently purchased restaurant. Khaled is a Syrian refugee who is in search of his sister and a permanent home. One day, these two men cross paths, embarking, together, on a risky journey..

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The Guardian by

There aren’t really any surprises in The Other Side of Hope; it’s more like witnessing the ongoing cultivation of a humane philosophy. But the film is devilishly funny, economically constructed (the demise of Wikström’s marriage is shown in wordless images) and decked out in the director’s dismal palette of cobalt blue, moss green and burnt-marmalade orange.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Winsome, sweet, and often very funny, The Other Side of Hope is more of the same from Kaurismäki, and thank God for that.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

While the film depicts a world seldom far removed from grim reality, the sly strain of humor keeps it buoyant, nowhere more so than in Kaurismaki’s deadpan dialogue, delivered with affectless aplomb by his marvelous cast.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

Somehow one of the effects of our current state of topsy-turviness has been to bring us closer into alignment with Kaurisma?ki’s skewed vision; if his movies are all, in their way, like pictures hanging crooked on a wall, with The Other Side of Hope we don’t have to tilt our heads anymore: the whole house has moved around us.


Variety by Owen Gleiberman

As long as Kaurismäki presents this tidy a vision (aesthetically and morally), he’ll continue to be an engagingly hermetic art-house curio impersonating an artist.


CineVue by Patrick Gamble

Using comedy to chase away the despair of modern life, The Other Side of Hope is a thoroughly satisfying and distinctively lovable film.


The Film Stage by Rory O'Connor

Hope is as contemporary and vital a film as you’re likely to find in 2017, but it’s also one of the funniest and most classically (not to mention beautifully) cinematic too.

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