Director: Aki Kaurismäki | 100-mins. | Finland/Germany | 2017 | Drama | TRAILER Edmonton Premiere! The film consists of two stories that by chance intersect at the forty-minute mark. The
Director: Aki Kaurismäki | 100-mins. | Finland/Germany | 2017 | Drama | TRAILER
Edmonton Premiere! The film consists of two stories that by chance intersect at the forty-minute mark. The first one is about Khaled, a young Syrian refugee who has lost virtually all of his family. Almost by accident, he drifts to Helsinki as a stowaway passenger on a collier to seek asylum without great hopes for his future life. Wikström, the other protagonist, is a travelling salesman of about fifty (representing mainly men’s shirts and ties). In the beginning of the film he leaves his alcoholic wife and his profession and turns momentarily into a poker shark. With the small amount of money he gains, he then buys a restaurant at the far end of an inner court along a back street in Helsinki.
When the authorities decide to return Khaled to the ruins of Aleppo he decides to stay illegally in the country and disappears into the streets of Helsinki. There he meets, besides various types of racism, but also the purest of kindness. Wikström finds our fellow sleeping in the inner yard of his restaurant. Perhaps he sees something of himself in the battered man because he hires Khaled as a cleaner and a dishwasher. Charming. Absolutely charming.
With this film, I tried to shatter the stereotype that many citizens, globally, have of refugees. In European history, the creation and enforcement of stereotypical prejudices carries a sinister echo. I freely admit that THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE is, to a certain degree, a so-called ‘tendency film’, unscrupulously attempting to influence the views and the opinions of its viewers whilst trying to manipulate their emotions in order to reach that goal. Because these efforts will naturally fail, what will remain is, I hope, an upright and slightly melancholy story carried along by humour, but in other ways a realistic film about certain human destinies here in this world, today.
Age appropriate for: 14+ (Mature theme)
Language: Finnish, English, Arabic
Festivals: Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
Print source: Filmswelike
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