THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

OPENS FRIDAY, DEC. 8

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This wry, melancholic comedy from Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre) is a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, following two people searching for a place to call home. Khaled (Sherwan Haji) is a displaced Syrian who lands in Helsinki as a stowaway. At the same time, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves his wife and job behind and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant. Fortuitously their paths cross, in a drama that is as deadpan and humorously eccentric as Kaurismäki’s best work. Utilizing his ever-reliable stock company, he expresses his empathy for outsiders and the down-and-out, in this bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference. In Finnish with English subtitles. Writer/Director: Aki Kaurismäki. (Finland 2017) 98 min.

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