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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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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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Storyline

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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$261,718 (USA)
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Switzerland's official submission to the 1991's Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

Quotes

[To the Swiss truck driver]
Haydar Sener: I would have liked to become your friend.
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8 September 2002 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

This film takes you on one family's impossible journey, and makes you feel every step of their odyssey. Beautifully acted and photographed, heartbreakingly real. Its last line, with its wistful hope, is one of the more powerful in memory.


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