Review: The Other Side of Hope (Aki Kaurismäki, 2017)

Finnish writer-director Aki Kaurismäki is one of those filmmakers who scarcely tweak their formula, his own being a brand of deadpan, hangdog absurdism. His style is one that’s been refined through years of intense practice; his films all sort of look and feel the same, despite different plotting. But that’s no bad thing. The beauty of his 30-year-plus filmography is that virtually any entry works as a valid starting point for the uninitiated, as well as offering new riches for established fans. The Other Side of Hope, his first film in six years, is a perfect example…

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