Norway, 2019, 125 min, Dir. Maria Sødahl, Not Rated, Norwegian with English subtitles, KimStim Films


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"Believe the accolades: Maria Sødahl’s perceptive, heartfelt Hope richly deserves all the attention it’s gotten at festivals and award ceremonies… Teases out the unexpected byways where hope is not just crushed but nurtured… The rewards here are great, not just for the multi-layered screenplay but the impeccable performances by Andrea Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård." —Jay Weissberg, Variety

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Anja (Andrea Bræin Hovig) lives with Tomas (Stellan Skarsgård) 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 terminal 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 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. Hope, directed by Maria Sødahl, is Norway's Official Submission for Best International Feature at the 93rd Academy Awards and made the shortlist.

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