The latest from beloved Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki (LENINGRAD COWBOYS GO AMERICA, THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST, etc) looks at the European refugee crisis through his deeply humane, off-kilter lens, with the tale of a failed Helsinki businessman and a Syrian stowaway. "Makes a stonefaced, droll but paradoxically urgent case for a truth that desperately needs to survive these post-truth times: people are people and borders are bullshit." - The Playlist
"A film that talks about hope without pretension, while maintaining a defiant faith in human decency — not to mention the faith that cinema itself still has the ability to translate that decency, with humor and clarity, to the screen." - The Film Stage
"Has the stately pace and graceful precision of a movie from the 1930s, and democratic, anti-authoritarian politics that also evoke that era." - New York Times
"Kaurismaki unashamedly believes in brotherhood, and among other things his film celebrates people who do the right thing without making a big deal about it." - L.A. Times
"Using comedy to chase away the despair of modern life, The Other Side of Hope is a thoroughly satisfying and distinctively lovable film." - CineVue
SYNOPSIS: Displaced Syrian Khaled lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström 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. Not rated. 100 mins.
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