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Writer-director Aki Kaurismäki further sharpens his craft with The Other Side of Hope, offering a timely drama whose melancholy air is leavened by its empathy. Read critic reviews

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A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees that has recently arrived in Finland.

Cast & Crew

Niroz Haji
Miriam
Kaija Pakarinen
Wikströmin vaimo
Kati Outinen
Vaatekaupan omistaja
Aki Kaurismäki
Director
Aki Kaurismäki
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Aki Kaurismäki
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Timo Salminen
Cinematographer
Samu Heikkilä
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Tiina Kaukanen
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Critic Reviews for The Other Side of Hope

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  • The humor in The Other side of Hope doesn't necessarily emerge from jokes - sometimes it's just a well-placed shot of a dog - but it shows how human kindness rarely takes the form of grandiose Hallmark-ready overtures.

    January 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Most of the characters face a daily question: to be kind or unkind. Kaurismaki builds a heroic narrative around that idea.

    March 28, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Admirers of the director's work will embrace his famously deadpan style, minimalist sense of humour, static camera and grimy production design...a (relatively) minor Kaurismaki film is still head and shoulders over much of today's cinema.

    March 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Finnish films have been generating buzz lately. "Tom of Finland" and "The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki" have found a small, if enthusiastic, audience...Aki Kaurismki's charmingly deadpan "The Other Side of Hope" should follow a similar path.

    January 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film's sharp-contrast lighting (another recurring [Aki] Kaurismki touch) renders everything a little unreal and made-up, ironically softening the harsher edges of Kaurismki's humanistic lessons in kindness.

    January 4, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Blues musicians in Finland. Who know there was such a thing?

    December 15, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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  • Sep 22, 2017
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2017
    It has everything that anyone can expect from an Aki Kaurismäki film, including his hilarious deadpan humor and usual style with a theatrical mise-en-scène and palette of saturated colors - all of which he uses to make a caustic commentary on the racism of Finnish society.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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