The relationship between artist-partners Tomas and Anja is put to the test after Anja gets a life-threatening diagnosis.


Maria Sødahl


Maria Sødahl
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea Bræin Hovig ... Anja
Stellan Skarsgård ... Tomas
Elli Rhiannon Müller Osborne Elli Rhiannon Müller Osborne ... Julie (as Elli Rhiannon Müller Osbourne)
Alfred Vatne Alfred Vatne ... Erlend (as Alfred Vatne Brean)
Steinar Klouman Hallert Steinar Klouman Hallert ... Simon
Daniel Storm Forthun Sandbye Daniel Storm Forthun Sandbye ... Isak
Eirik Hallert ... Henrik
Dina Enoksen Elvehaug Dina Enoksen Elvehaug ... Ada
Einar Økland Einar Økland ... Anja's Father
Gjertrud L. Jynge Gjertrud L. Jynge ... Vera
Alexander Mørk Eidem Alexander Mørk Eidem ... Arthur
Johannes Joner Johannes Joner ... Frans
Kristin Voss Hestvold Kristin Voss Hestvold ... Family doctor
Terje Auli Terje Auli ... Chaplain
Ingrid Bugge Ingrid Bugge ... Oncologist #1


Anja (Andrea Bræin Hovig) and Tomas (Stellan Skarsgård), the principals in Maria Sødahl's moving Hope, adore their careers in dance and theatre. Their blended family structure is complicated, with two young sons and an adolescent daughter from their own union and two adult children from Tomas' marriage. Returning home after the triumphant international debut of a ballet she directed, Anja finds Tomas is working late, a galling abnegation of responsibility in her eyes. Then her physician gives her a dire diagnosis: she has an inoperable tumor that may be connected to the lung cancer for which she was successfully treated the previous year. A long-time superwoman who's been compensating for an often absent, workaholic husband, Anja soldiers on, refusing to tell anyone but Tomas what's happening - and becoming increasingly exasperated by her children's blissful ignorance, while only intermittently buoyed by Tomas' support. The next few days will test the strength of their relationship ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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What about love when you have three months to live ?


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A Swedish Masterpiece
24 February 2020 | by Alexander_BlanchettSee all my reviews

A truely great and emotional movie. Excellently written and directed. From the first Minute you get captured by the characters and care for their fate. The film challenges its audience with many Questions and you Keep thinking how you would react or behave in those certain situations. The acting is stellar. Andrea Braein Hovig is absolutely fantastic and owns the film on her shoulders. She gets fantastic support by Stellan Skarsgard whose Performance works best through his silent Moments. Definitely a film that keeps you on the Edge of your seat for the whole 2 Hours. A Little Swedish masterpiece that hopefully get wider Attention in the future, because it deserves it. Little sidenote, the film is half way autobiographical what gives it an even more Special touch.

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16 April 2021 (USA) See more »

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