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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A Swedish Masterpiece
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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