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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:
Ville Virtanen ... Oikeussalin viranomainen
Dome Karukoski ... Huligaani bussipysäkillä
Tommi Korpela ... Melartin
Kati Outinen ... Vaatekaupan omistaja
Tommi Eronen ... Huligaani bussipysäkillä
Milka Ahlroth ... Migrin haastattelija
Niroz Haji ... Miriam
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Waldemar Wikström
Sherwan Haji ... Khaled
Taneli Mäkelä Taneli Mäkelä ... Myyjä
Simon Al-Bazoon ... Mazdak (as Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon)
Jörn Donner ... Pokerinpelaaja
Matti Onnismaa Matti Onnismaa ... Kylmäsilmäinen mies
Hannu-Pekka Björkman Hannu-Pekka Björkman ... Pokerinpelaaja
Jukka Virtanen Jukka Virtanen ... Pkerinpelaaja
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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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Finland | Germany

Language:

Finnish | English | Arabic | Swedish | Japanese

Release Date:

3 February 2017 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Other Side of Hope See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,495, 3 December 2017

Gross USA:

$183,943

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,282,973
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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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Connections

Referenced in KVIFF Guide: Episode #1.9 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Soi maininki hiljainen
Written by Fridrich Bruk
Lyrics by Juha Vainio
Performed by Olavi Nyrhilä & tango-orkesteri Kipiniä
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Hope for cinema
4 January 2019 | by gizmomogwaiSee all my reviews

The Other Side of Hope tackles a timely matter, the refugee crisis in Europe in the wake of the ISIL wars, with a wry and deadpan sense of humour, resulting in a product with a lot of personality and colour. It's a Finnish film that received international attention but doesn't present the Finns themselves in a totally positive light- but then, we know the Finns haven't been the only ones to show a complete lack of humanity and empathy towards those who've suffered so much.

The film boasts a number of memorable characters, particularly Waldemar Wikström, who purchases a restaurant called The Golden Pint while looking for a new line of work after a separation. A profitable business, he is told, because people drink when times are bad, and more when times are good. He finds himself leading a staff of three Finns, then a dog, and finally Khaled, a Syrian refugee only looking for his sister. Wikström brings Khaled in after the courts decide, rather dubiously, that there is no war in Aleppo.

The Other Side of Hope isn't naive in imagining a harmonious outcome for everyone. It brings us a vision of hardships that nevertheless, with its humour and hope, inspires, and brings a smile to the face.


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