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 terminal cancer diagnosis, their modern life breaks down and exposes neglected love. 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.
Andrea Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgard are transcendent while Maria Sødahl directs with languid confidence. The effect of ‘Hope’ is anything but depressing; it's reassuring proof of art's ability to comfort as it clarifies.