The Other Side of Hope

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Khaled, a young Syrian refugee has lost virtually all of his family. Almost by accident, he drifts to Helsinki as a stowaway passenger on a collier to seek asylum without great hopes for his future life.


Wikström has just bought an unprofitable restaurant at the far end of an inner court along a back street in Helsinki.


When the authorities decide to return Khaled to the ruins of Aleppo he, just like many others, decides to stay illegally in the country and disappears into the streets of Helsinki before eventually being hired by Wikström as a cleaner and a dishwasher. Sardonic, droll, verging on the absurd, The Other Side of Hope is both a hilarious and a humane look at the migrant crisis.

“Combines poignancy with torrents of laughter” – Tim Robey, The Telegraph

Year
2016
Running time
100 mins
Country
Finland, Germany
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Director
Aki Kaurismäki
Cast
Ville Virtanen, Kati Outinen, Tommi Korpela

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