Hope

critic Reviews

, 100% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A movingly personal work from writer-director Maria Sødahl, Hope sees stars Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård powerfully portraying a turning point in one couple's long love story.
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    Jeannette CatsoulisNew York Times
    Raw, melancholy and unquestionably mature, "Hope" understands that some wounds may never be healed.
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    "Hope" isn't about getting you to cry, even as some of its characters occasionally do, but rather giving you an invigorating, even uplifting sense of what hearts can do under duress...
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    Bob StraussSan Francisco Chronicle
    Both lead actors do wonders with silent glances, but also display complete command of Sødahl's excellent, stripped-of-nonsense dialog.
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    Derek SmithSlant Magazine
    Maria Sødahl's considers the extreme emotions provoked by a medical emergency with an impressive force of clarity.
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    David RooneyHollywood Reporter
    A melancholy but highly satisfying adult drama.
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    Todd McCarthyDeadline Hollywood Daily
    Given the autobiographical nature of the piece, it's bracing to see a life-or-death story handled with this combination of intimate emotion and stoic detachment. This plays right into Skarsgard's wheelhouse, while Hovig gets to do most of the emoting.
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    Alex SavelievFilm Threat
    The filmmaker has been through this horrific ordeal herself, so every minute feels painfully genuine; "resonant" simply doesn't do Hope justice - it's as sublime as it is utterly gut-wrenching.
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    Mark DujsikMark Reviews Movies
    Sødahl digs into this tenuous bond, avoiding manipulation or melodrama.
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    Avi OfferNYC Movie Guru
    Profoundly moving, honest and gripping. Andrea Bræin Hovig gives a bravura performance.
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    Neely SwansonEasy Reader (California)
    An exceptionally complex film.
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