Hope

critic Reviews

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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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    Jay WeissbergVariety
    Sødahl, who mined her own brush with cancer when writing the film, teases out the unexpected byways where hope is not just crushed but nurtured.
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    Barry HertzGlobe and Mail
    Hope is actually a showcase for the less internationally renown Andrea Bræn Hovig, who delivers a fantastically wrenching performance as a mother faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis.
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    Loren KingAWFJ Women on Film
    It takes remarkable insight and confidence to create a devastating portrait of a marriage inside a film about a woman facing her own mortality. That's what writer/director Maria Sødahl does with searing Hope.
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    Roger MooreMovie Nation
    The wonder of "Hope" is how much of Bræin Hovig and Skarsgård do without dialogue, just with a look, a gesture, a silent scream of despair or teeth grinding in resignation.
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    Frank J. AvellaAwards Daily
    Andrea Braein Hovig and Stellan Skarsgard captivate and the film manages to be uplifting and authentic.
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    Paula Arantzazu RuizCinemanía (Spain)
    The dance of emotions is powerful. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Alex HeeneySeventh Row
    Søhdal tenderly depicts a marriage that is indeed a strong partnership, with years of built-up intimacies, and yet also how that relationship can be stifling, in part because of gendered expectations.
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