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Journey of Hope (1990)

Reise der Hoffnung (original title)
PG | | Drama | 26 April 1991 (USA)
The story of a poor Turkish family who try to emigrate illegally to Switzerland.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Necmettin Çobanoglu ...
Haydar Sener
Nur Sürer ...
Meryem
Emin Sivas ...
Mehmet Ali
Erdinç Akbas ...
Adama
Yaman Okay ...
Türkmen
Yasar Güner ...
Haci Baba (as Yasar Gner)
Hseyin Mete ...
Selçuk
Yaman Tarcan ...
Ilyas
Selahattin Firat ...
Grandfather
Meryem Çaki ...
Grandmother
Mustafa ...
Children
Mehmet ...
Children
Fatma ...
Children
Sükran ...
Children
Zeynep ...
Children
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In a village in eastern Turkey, tales of the economic success of Turks in Switzerland inspire Haydar to convince his wife Meryem that they must go. He sells their livestock and small plot of land in exchange for passage for two. He wants to leave their seven children in the care of the eldest and his parents; his father advises him to take one son to be educated in Europe, as economic insurance. The three set off for Istanbul, Milan, and Switzerland, stowing away on a ship. At Lake Como, they pay the rest of their money to unprincipled men who abandon them at an Alpine pass before a blizzard. Father and son are separated from Meryem. Will anyone reach the land of promise? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Switzerland's official submission to the 1991's Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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[To the Swiss truck driver]
Haydar Sener: I would have liked to become your friend.
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A moving story about the illegal inmigration
8 April 2001 | by (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

As in Argentina, France, Italy, Spain and United States, among other, they suffer of the illegal immigration. This movie transports us toward Switzerland, country recognized by its neutrality and hospitality toward the rest of the world. The main characters are a family of Turks that they yearn to be able to go to the earth of their dreams: Switzerland, to feel well, since Turkey is not very economically and labor. All clever one so that Haydar and their wife can carry out their dream, carried out passports, passages... but they will have a complication, they will take to one of their children: Mehmet Ali. Of a supposition trip of pleasure toward the "earth of their dream" will go by unexpected situations, as to travel in an export craft or to try to enter to Switzerland in hidden truck, since Mehmet Ali doesn't possess neither passage neither passport. They will be in the same situation that other immigrants that want to enter there; they will go by the Alps, a beautiful place but at the same time cold and where they will happen totally unexpected situations. Xavier Koller obtains with "Journey of Hope" an astonishing realization that makes us see that each one has the dream of being able to go to the place that offers them peace, but that they will also go by unexpected moments, with an end that could be unexpected for the spectator. Deserved of the Oscar like Best Foreign Language Film 1990/1991. My opinion: Wonderful, Human, One of the Best Foreign Film Oscar winner. Don't get lost it.


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