WIFF | FILMS

OTHER SIDE OF HOPE, THE

Review

Director:

Aki Kaurismäki

Genre:

Comedy

Country:

Finland/Germany

Rated:

PG

Year:

2017

Language:

Finnish /English /Arabic/Swedish

Runtime:

100 Minutes

Description:

"Khaled arrives at the port of Helsinki concealed in a coal container, fleeing war-torn Syria to seek asylum in Finland. Dazed and frustrated by the monolithic administration he encounters at the detention centre, he makes a break for it and heads out onto the streets. There he meets Wikström, a former shirt salesman who has recently left his alcoholic wife for a new life as a bachelor restaurateur. Together, they help each other to navigate the adversities they face in these unfamiliar and often baffling new worlds.

With hilarious sight gags, poker-faced one-liners and a toe-tapping rockabilly soundtrack, Kaurismäki’s latest balances his unparalleled wit with a pressing critique of the unforgiving bureaucracy that greets vulnerable asylum seekers in modern-day Europe.

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