The Other Side Of Hope

  • 12A

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Finnish comedy drama written and directed by Aki Kaurismki. The film follows the journey of Syrian asylum seeker Khaled (Sherwan Haji) as he arrives in Helsinki on a coal train and begins looking for work after evading the law. Meanwhile, travelling salesman Wikstrm (Sakari Kuosmanen) buys the Golden Pint restaurant with the proceeds of a high-stakes poker game shortly after leaving his troubled wife. The pair meet when Khaled arrives at the restaurant seeking employment and Wikstrm is more than happy to help him, going so far as to take him in and procure a fake ID card for him. When Wikstrm finds out that Khaled's sister went missing en route he also feels compelled to help find her."The Other Side of Hope is as contemporary and vital a film as youre likely to find in 2017, but its also one of the funniest and most classically (not to mention beautifully) cinematic too." The Film Stage"Winsome, sweet, and often very funny, The Other Side of Hope is more of the same from Kaurismki, and thank God for that." Indiewire"Its a deeply humane film, as well as a quietly hilarious one." Time Out London

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