The Other Side of Hope
Directed by Aki Kaurismaki
HOME, 7 June 2017
This is another film by Aki Kaurismaki about a refugee: Khaled turns up in Finland, not his intended destination, looking for his sister.
He is welcomed, beaten up; helped, stabbed; people are sympathetic and antagonistic and indifferent to his fate.
We are also shown a shirt salesman who is dissatisfied with his job and who eventually winds up running a restaurant with a diverse, world-ranging cuisine. Khaled works for this guy.
Kaurismaki is able to articulate a view of the world, no mean feat. But is he able to persuade others that it captures some sort of truth? Well, that is a moot point. Perhaps another film about a refugee is the answer.