THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Comedy, Drama | Finland, Germany | 2017 | Finnish, English, Arabic, Swedish | English and Arabic Subtitles | 98 Mins


TOIVON TUOLLA PUOLEN

Khaled is a Syrian refugee seeking for asylum in Helsinki, without much hope of success. Wikström is a travelling salesman peddling ties and men’s shirts. Turning his back on his trade, he decides to end his marriage, change his occupation and open a restaurant. One day he discovers Khaled sleeping in the dark backyard behind his restaurant. He provides him with a bed and a job. For a while, these two band together with the restaurant’s waitress, the chef and his dog to form a utopian union.

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