Hope

125 mins.
Directed by Maria Sødahl
NR
Norwegian and Swedish with subtitles
2021

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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.


"Raw, melancholy and unquestionably mature, HOPE understands that some wounds may never be healed. Even so, it takes a brave movie to hold that stance until its very last second." Jeannette Catsoulis. A New York Times Critic's Pick!