The other side of hope

The other side of hope

DVD - 2017 | Finnish
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The wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurism̃ki is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference. A response to the ongoing global refugee crisis, the film follows two people, a displaced Syrian and a Finnish salesman, searching for a place to call home
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
Edition: DVD special edition
ISBN: 9781681434407
1681434407
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1
Other Standard Identifier: 715515214711

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Punnoval
Aug 09, 2018

Aki Kaurismaki has made a career out of "dead-pan realism". Some of his efforts were quite fine (Ariel, Match-Factory Girl), slightly less good (Hamlet Goes Business) and dopey (Leningrad Cowboys Go America.) His latest outing, "The Other Side of Hope", tends toward the latter. Kaurismaki's style is just too whimsical for this topic and the seriousness of the topic gets lost. Roy Andersen (Songs From the Second Floor, We, the Living) would have been a better choice as his dead-pan is a lot blacker.

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