The Other Side of Hope

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  100 min.
Release Date: December 8, 2017 (limited)
DVD: May 15, 2018
Blu-ray: May 15, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.40
based on 10 votes and 2 reviews
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Cast: Ville Virtanen, Dome Karukoski, Kati Outinen


At the age of 50, Waldemar Wikström, a sales representative specializing in the sale of men's shirts, feels he’s due for a change in life. He decides to leave his alcoholic wife and realize his dream of opening a restaurant in Helsinki.

At the end of a difficult journey, Syrian refugee Khaled arrives in Finland by accident. A mechanic in training, he begins to go through the process of being able to stay in Helsinki and also eventually bring his sister, from whom he was separated during his exile. When his asylum application is rejected, Khaled balks at being sent back to his country, which is still at war. Despite the racist repression he experiences in the Finnish capital, Khaled finds refuge in the courtyard of Waldemar’s restaurant. Touched by Khaled’s story, the restaurateur helps him.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Studio: Janus Films
Producer(s): Aki Kaurismäki
Screenplay: Aki Kaurismäki

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  • 5 stars "This film (and director) has a dry humour, which is not for everyone, but if you enjoy it, you'll love this one! Oh and "the soviets", really? Dude, you're the one stuck in propaganda. Exploring issues that annoy you doesn't mean he's pushing an agenda."
  • 1 star "15 minutes and then I wanted to shoot someone... preferably a SJW. Oh God, please, not another story pushed by the mainstream about immigrants and how good they are and how bad and racist everyone else is for not handing our countries over to them... and they call it a comedy. The only thing funny here is that it's labelled as a comedy when the soviets have a perfectly good name for it... propaganda."