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  • The Other Side of Hope

    The Other Side of Hope


    Finnish writer-director Aki Kaurismäki is one of those filmmakers who scarcely tweak their formula, his own being a brand of deadpan, hangdog absurdism. His style is one that’s been refined through years of intense practice; his films all sort of look and feel the same, despite different plotting. But that’s no bad thing. The beauty of his 30-year-plus filmography is that virtually any entry works as a valid starting point for the uninitiated, as well as offering new riches for established fans. The Other Side of Hope, his first film in six years, is a perfect example...

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  • Detour



    There are two possible effects that come from lifting the title of a respected movie classic: on the one hand, it can be perceived as an audacious, assuring wink to savvy viewers that you’re aware, as a filmmaker, of your movie’s debt to hallowed classics of the medium; on the other hand, it can serve to accentuate how much more desirable revisiting older, better films would be, than to sit through a pretty bad new one.

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