The Other Side of Hope Review

Other Side Hope

Midway through The Other Side of Hope, experienced immigrant Mazdak (Simon Al-Bazoon) tells new arrival asylum seeker Khaled (Sherwan Haji) to not be sad, as ‘they send the melancholic ones back first’. There’s a worldly wisdom to the line, made more poignant by just how unfair it is. If writer-director Aki Kaurismaki’s version of Finland wants to get less gloomy, they’ve got a fair few natives to get rid of before they can even consider the immigrants. A nice, if slight, tale of glum but decent people trying to do the right thing, Hope gets across its timely and important message with levity and an old-fashioned style. Continue reading