What happens to love when a woman in the middle of her life gets three months left to live? Based on the personal experiences of Director Maria Sødahl and Norway’s Oscar submission comes a film that is a modern family portrait deserving of its accolades.
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. 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? 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.
Maria Sødahl | Narrative | Drama, Romance | 130 minutes | Norway, Sweden, Denmark | Norwegian/Swedish with English Subtitles | $12 | Mature Audiences
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GCIFF FILM TEAM – Julie’s Pick
“A transcendent film that will keep you engaged to the very end with stellar acting performances by Andrea Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård.”
“The movie offers hope to its characters but, even more affectingly, to us.” Ty Burr – Boston Globe.
“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
“Raw, melancholy and unquestionably mature, HOPE understands that some wounds may never be healed.” Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times.
“The full, flawed humanity of Hovid and Skarsgard’s characters is imbued in nearly every scene, even their smallest interactions bearing the full weight of a long romantic history.” Leah Greenblatt – Entertainment Weekly