"The Other Side of Hope" follows the fortunes of Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a young man who has travelled to Helsinki from his home in Syria to seek asylum. For first-time visitors, Finland's capital city can be a strange and confusing place. But help is out there for those who know where ti find it.
An Acquired Taste
- The Other Side of Hope review by JR
The most recent visit to the weird world of Kaurismaki. It is a kind of dream world that never left the sixties behind, although the story concerns a refugee from Aleppo, Syria who claims asylum in Finland. The super saturated colour of old movies, unusual or grotesque human faces, old Country and Western derived songs performed in Finnish, deadpan humour: these are the hallmarks of Kaurismaki. It all adds up to an acquired taste .
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Watch it please
- The Other Side of Hope review by BE
What an absolute gem of a movie this turned out to be. Categorised as a drama but peppered throughout with wry humour plus a delightful musical soundtrack. Great acting, an unusual storyline and well directed by Aki Kaurismaki. Perfect.
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The Other Side of Hope
- The Other Side of Hope review by LG
I liked this film for two reasons. Firstly, good to follow this story about civil disobedience on the part of a number of Finnish residents in order to help an asylum seeker newly arrived in the country. Secondly, a fascinating comment, albeit exaggerated and stereotypical, on the characteristic behaviour of Finnish people. Although there is a very strong comic element in this film, the ugliness of racism and violence is nevertheless present.