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Country: NORWAY, SWEDEN
Run Time: 126 minutes
Anja and Tomas have been a couple for almost 20 years. Anja, a choreographer, and Tomas, a theater director, live fast-paced lives that make it challenging to maintain their large blended family of five children. The brunt of the responsibility falls to the stoic and fastidious Anja. But when she returns home after successfully completing her first production abroad, she visits the doctor complaining of headaches and vision impairment. An MRI reveals an incurable brain tumor, most likely spread from lung cancer thought to be in remission as of the previous year. While incurable, an operation may extend her life. Set between Christmas and New Year’s, HOPE profiles the short time that Anja and Tomas have to cope with the news and prepare for her operation. Though the recent diagnosis reveals cracks in their neglected relationship and the diminishing opportunity to improve it, faced with a certain and bitter end they seize their chance to start anew. A story of a distant couple rediscovering love and sustaining each other’s hope, this subtle yet affecting drama prompts us to remember what is most important. (In Norwegian and Swedish with subtitles) — R.R.
Tower City Cinemas
Monday, March 30, 2020 at 1:30 PM ET
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 6:45 PM ET
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 1:45 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
Thomas Robsahm, Yngve Sæther
Manuel Claro Alberto
Andrea Bræin Hovig, Stellan Skarsgård
Norwegian Film Institute