The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope ★★★★

The Other Side of Hope is another incisive piece from Aki Kaurismäki. Sherwan Haji stars as Khaled, a Syrian refugee who ends up in Finland, where he starts to make a life, despite the country's decision that he ought not. Everything we know about Khaled indicates that he is a good man, and most of the individuals who actually interact with him recognize that and work to aid him. It's an indictment of impersonal agencies while being a celebration of hearts that can make up those organizations. Kaurismäki suggests that when we see each other as people, we have no choice but to help one another.