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The Other Side of Hope (2017)

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

Director:

Aki Kaurismäki

Writer:

Aki Kaurismäki

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dome Karukoski ... Huligaani bussipysäkillä
Ville Virtanen ... Oikeussalin viranomainen
Tommi Korpela ... Melartin
Kati Outinen ... Vaatekaupan omistaja
Hannu-Pekka Björkman Hannu-Pekka Björkman ... Pokerinpelaaja
Jörn Donner ... Pokerinpelaaja
Tommi Eronen ... Huligaani bussipysäkillä
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Waldemar Wikström
Milka Ahlroth ... Migrin haastattelija
Maria Järvenhelmi ... Vastaanottokeskuksen virkailija
Taneli Mäkelä Taneli Mäkelä ... Myyjä
Ilkka Koivula ... Calamnius
Elina Knihtilä Elina Knihtilä ... Aluevalvontaviranomainen
Lauri Untamo ... Poliisi kaupan edessä
Janne Hyytiäinen ... Nyrhinen
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Finland | Germany

Language:

Finnish | English | Arabic | Swedish | Japanese

Release Date:

3 February 2017 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,495, 3 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$183,943, 15 February 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Prior the film's release director-producer Aki Kaurismäki and his long-time set decorator Markku Pätilä got into dispute on how the credits are listed in the Finnish titled version as all set related credits (set decorator, property master and set builder) are listed under single title "Lavastus". Kaurismäki's response for that this wording would downgrade Pätilä's role and artistic rights in the set design, Kaurismäki rejected these claims and also said Kaurismäki himself designed the detailed visual look of the film and even provided large part of the props. The response also promised that in the international version with English titles Pätilä would be the only person listed under title "set decorator". On February 1st 2017 Pätilä and his lawyers filed a case to The Market Court in Helsinki to seek injunction on film's release in Finland in its current form and the next day the court ruled that there is no need to ban the film and the issues regarding the rights on the film's set design will be determined later - assuming the parties cannot reach a settlement outside the court prior that. See more »

Quotes

Khaled: Listen. I fell in love with Finland.
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Midnight Man
Written and performed by Ismo Haavisto
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A Very Finnish Movie
19 January 2018 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

No offense Finland, but you seem kind of weird.

An odd sense of humor pervades this film about a Syrian refugee trying to find his sister while dealing with his own struggles as an undocumented immigrant in Finland. He's befriended and aided by an aging restaurateur and his motley staff. There are lots of dead pan moments, and you're forgiven if you're not always sure whether or not you're supposed to be laughing.

One thing that struck me about this film was the vast difference between what Americans are told about European countries and their attitudes about refugees and how those countries actually feel about them. America has been shamed for not opening its doors to those in need, and I agree that it should more than it does. But we're told that Europe is altruistic and warmly embraces those fleeing from other countries. Not so in Finland, if this movie is any indication. Immigration officials roam the streets asking people for their papers, and something resembling the White Nationalist Movement seems to exist there as well, full of thugs who go around beating up people who look foreign.

I enjoyed this movie, but couldn't help but feel that it missed some opportunities to be a bit more hard hitting than it is.

Grade: B+


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