TIFF 2017 Movie Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (Finland 2017) ****

Festival Reviews

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

The Other Side of Hope Poster
A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.


Aki Kaurismäki


Aki Kaurismäki


Dome KarukoskiVille VirtanenTommi Korpela

The latest film by Master of deadpan comedy Aki Kuarismaki tackles the issue of the refugee crisis in Europe. As the film opens, the audience sees a Syrian refugee, Haji pull himself out of a coal dumpster in ship docked at a port in Finland. Khaled (Sherwan Haji) seeks refugee status but is ironically refused on the basis of peace in his region, just as news on the TV report multiple bombings in his town with dozens of casualties.

At the same time, a Finnish middle-aged man…

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