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The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, 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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Ilkka Koivula
as Calamnius
Tommi Korpela
as Melartin
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Critic Reviews for The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen)

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Blues musicians in Finland. Who know there was such a thing?

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

This kindhearted, unsentimental movie is a good way to celebrate Finland, which celebrated its 100th anniversary as a free nation last week.

December 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's refreshing to see a film about the refugee crisis that doesn't rely on cliche, but the fact remains: The mundane is mundane.

December 13, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

One couldn't help but think of the obvious, heavy-handed messaging we'd be spared if all directors followed Kaurismäki's expert smuggling techniques.

December 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The guiding ethic of The Other Side of Hope is as much topical as it universal: that altruism is not especially brave or courageous, but just the basic principle governing relations between human beings.

December 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The Finnish auteur's compassion and absurd wit [are] once again abundantly evident.

December 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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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.

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