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The Other Side of Hope

 

100 minutes · 2017

Comedy, Drama
Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki delivers his timeliest and most heartfelt film, mixing humor, pathos, and anger in a manner reminiscent of Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940). A Syrian refugee, having lost most of his family and friends to sectarian violence, arrives in Helsinki to begin a new life; after the authorities declare that Syria is no longer a crisis zone and order him to return, he finds work and shelter at a run-down restaurant, where he ingratiates himself with the ragtag employees. Kaurismäki offers plenty of his deadpan humor in the restaurant scenes, but the comedy never distracts one from the hero's plight, or from the failure of European nations to provide enough help for the exiled. In English and subtitled Finnish and Arabic.


See our full review: <i>The Other Side of Hope</i> is a career-best achievement for Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki

The Other Side of Hope is a career-best achievement for Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki

Now playing at the Music Box Theatre, the film spotlights the refugee experience with humor and pathos. »

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