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The Other Side of Hope
The Other Side of Hope
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THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

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Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Finland, Germany, 2017
Drama

Synopsis

Khaled arrives at the port of Helsinki concealed in a coal container, fleeing Syria to seek asylum in Finland. He crosses paths with Wikström, a former salesman who has recently begun a new life as a restaurateur. Together, they navigate the adversities they face in these unfamiliar new worlds.

Synopsis

Khaled arrives at the port of Helsinki concealed in a coal container, fleeing Syria to seek asylum in Finland. He crosses paths with Wikström, a former salesman who has recently begun a new life as a restaurateur. Together, they navigate the adversities they face in these unfamiliar new worlds.

Our take

Finnish king of deadpan Aki Kaurismäki is known for his magical, melancholic fables about dreamers, grifters and down-and-outs. This gem powerfully and humorously humanizes the refugee crisis as it delves into the meaning of home: where do we find it and how do we know if we’re already there?