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The Other Side of Hope

100 mins
2017
BBFC 12A

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★★★★★ The Other Side of Hope combines poignancy with torrents of laughter

Tim Robey, The Telegraph

The story of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian asylum seeker and an elderly Finnish restaurant owner. Khaled arrives at the port of Helsinki concealed in a coal container, fleeing war-torn Syria to seek asylum in Finland. Dazed and frustrated by the monolithic administration he encounters at the detention centre, he makes a break for it and heads out onto the streets. There he meets Wikström, a former shirt salesman who has recently left his alcoholic wife for a new life as a bachelor restaurateur. Together, they help each other to navigate the adversities they face in these unfamiliar and often baffling new worlds. With hilarious sight gags, poker-faced one liners and a toe-tapping rockabilly soundtrack, Kaurismäki’s latest balances his unparalleled wit with a pressing critique of the unforgiving bureaucracy that greets vulnerable asylum seekers in modern-day.


Starring:
Ville Virtanen, Kati Outinen, Sherwan Haji
Director:
Aki Kaurismäki
Language:
Finnish
Country:
Finland