The Other Side of Hope
“It is easy to die, but I want to live,” Miriam (Niroz Haji)
Director Aki Kaurismäki has honed his wonderful brand of humour and humanism. THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE is an endless array of golden touches. In less sensitive hands, a comedy-drama about asylum seekers and refugees might end up being a horror show of crassness. Fortunately, the creative team gets the gentle humour to tie in with the pathos, and does not forget that safety and happiness is on a knife-edge. Kaurismäki is not interested in mawkishness, and therefore the film does not feel like an educational aid for the hateful members of the audience, who lack empathy and basic compassion. The director also sidesteps kitchen sink dourness – a charmed audience is arguably a broader audience.
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