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Maria Sødahl | 2019 | 125 MINS
Norway | Subtitles
The relationship between artist-partners Tomas and Anja is put to the test after Anja gets a life-threatening diagnosis.

In Detail

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.