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The Other Side of Hope (2017)

Toivon tuolla puolen (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 3 February 2017 (Finland)
4:30 | Clip
A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.


Aki Kaurismäki


Aki Kaurismäki
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Credited cast:
Ville Virtanen ... Oikeussalin viranomainen
Tommi Korpela ... Melartin
Kati Outinen ... Vaatekaupan omistaja
Dome Karukoski ... Huligaani bussipysäkillä
Tommi Eronen ... Huligaani bussipysäkillä
Hannu-Pekka Björkman Hannu-Pekka Björkman ... Pokerinpelaaja
Elias Westerberg ... Winston
Milka Ahlroth ... Migrin haastattelija
Janne Hyytiäinen ... Nyrhinen
Taneli Mäkelä Taneli Mäkelä ... Myyjä
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Waldemar Wikström
Jörn Donner ... Pokerinpelaaja
Kaija Pakarinen ... Wikströmin vaimo
Sherwan Haji ... Khaled
Maria Järvenhelmi ... Vastaanottokeskuksen virkailija


Khaled, syrian refugee stows away on a freighter to Helsinki. Meanwhile, Wikström is a traveling salesman who wins big at a poker table and buys himself a restaurant with the proceeds. When the authorities turn down his application for asylum, Khaled is forced underground and Wikström finds him sleeping in the yard behind his restaurant. He offers him a job and a roof over his head and, for a while, they form a Utopian union with the restaurant's waitress, the chef and his dog. Written by AnonymousB

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Comedy | Drama


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The actors playing Khaled and his sister, Miriam are real-life siblings. See more »


Khaled: Listen. I fell in love with Finland.
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Soi maininki hiljainen
Written by Fridrich Bruk
Lyrics by Juha Vainio
Performed by Olavi Nyrhilä & tango-orkesteri Kipiniä
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Hope for cinema
4 January 2019 | by gizmomogwaiSee all my reviews

The Other Side of Hope tackles a timely matter, the refugee crisis in Europe in the wake of the ISIL wars, with a wry and deadpan sense of humour, resulting in a product with a lot of personality and colour. It's a Finnish film that received international attention but doesn't present the Finns themselves in a totally positive light- but then, we know the Finns haven't been the only ones to show a complete lack of humanity and empathy towards those who've suffered so much.

The film boasts a number of memorable characters, particularly Waldemar Wikström, who purchases a restaurant called The Golden Pint while looking for a new line of work after a separation. A profitable business, he is told, because people drink when times are bad, and more when times are good. He finds himself leading a staff of three Finns, then a dog, and finally Khaled, a Syrian refugee only looking for his sister. Wikström brings Khaled in after the courts decide, rather dubiously, that there is no war in Aleppo.

The Other Side of Hope isn't naive in imagining a harmonious outcome for everyone. It brings us a vision of hardships that nevertheless, with its humour and hope, inspires, and brings a smile to the face.

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Release Date:

3 February 2017 (Finland) See more »

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Helsinki, Finland See more »


Box Office


EUR1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,495, 3 December 2017

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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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