2020 (R) 125 min. Norway/subtitles
Director: Maria Sødahl
Cast: Andrea Braein Hovig, Stellan Skarsgärd
A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM.
Anja lives with Tomas in a large family of biological children and stepchildren. For a number of years the two adults have grown independent of each other, with creative jobs in parallel worlds. When Anja gets a cancer diagnosis, their modern life breaks down and exposes neglected love. Alone with her grief and her fears, Anja realizes that she needs Tomas’ full help and support. It’s their only chance. How else will their children find the strength once she is gone, if their parents are unable to weather the storm together? Anja and Tomas are thrown into a crash course in mutual trust, and eventually a joint struggle, to deal with this unexpected and possible premature death. By getting to know each other anew, they unconsciously become principal characters in a love story, finally learning to truly love each other after a long life spent together. Based on the director’s own personal story.
“The effect of HOPE is anything but depressing; it’s reassuring proof of art’s ability to comfort as it clarifies.” – Godfrey Cheshire, ROGEREBERT.COM
“This is a very well-acted, well-written Norwegian drama . . .Clear-eyed, insightful, and heartfelt.” – Claudia Puig, NPR LOS ANGELES
“It’s an ode to the satisfactions of facing life head-on with whatever time you have left. And writer-director Maria Sødahl’s semi-autobiographical drama earns every iota of its hard-won uplift.” – Bob Strauss, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“Intensely Moving” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Uplifting and Authentic” – AWARDS DAILY
“Rich and Joyous” – HAMMER TO NAIL
“Stunningly Acted” – VARIETY