#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Khaled, syrian refugee stows away on a freighter to Helsinki. Meanwhile, Wikström is a traveling salesman who wins big at a poker table and buys himself a restaurant with the proceeds. When the authorities turn down his application for asylum, Khaled is forced underground and Wikström finds him sleeping in the yard behind his restaurant. He offers him a job and a roof over his head and, for a while, they form a Utopian union with the restaurant’s waitress, the chef and his dog.
Plot: A restaurateur befriends a Syrian refugee who has recently arrived in Finland.
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No website describes movie attractively, unjustly scaring potential viewers away. Allow undercooled humor to grow on you. Berlinale jury awarded Silver Bear for best director
Saw this at the Berlinale 2017, where it was part of the official competition for the Golden Bear. The synopsis on the festival website was not really promising, but my prejudice disappeared gradually during the screening. Although the movie has a certain inclination to become a fairy tale where everyone will live happily ever after, the ending has some darker sides to downplay the assumed optimistic story. One of these darker sides lies in the several times appearing “Finland security” men, who are up to no good.
Our first main protagonist Khaled is seeking asylum in Finland. From the outside, it looks like a very clean process as far as shown to us. The idle waiting time related to the asylum application procedure does hide the rough edges we often read about, namely that asylum seekers among themselves are making trouble when seeing others with a different religion or other political position, or even worse when seeing GLBT behavior that they are not prepared to allow. Intolerance can be very problematic here, given that the people are packed together, while at the same time being bored to death, doomed to wait, unable to do anything useful. Due to their numbers and possible variations in asylum seekers, it is a sheer impossible task to sort and separate them in such a way that such troubles are prevented. In this movie, however, the asylum seekers are living harmoniously together, and help each other where they can without seeking favors in return. What does Finland do what we apparently are doing wrong in The Netherlands??
Our second main protagonist Wikström follows a completely different path. On a random morning, he leaves his wedding ring and house keys with his wife, who is clearly alcohol addicted. He sells his stock but keeps the storage space (will become unexpectedly useful later). What also proves useful is his poker face, and he succeeds in multiplying his amount of cash considerably, to the extent that he can buy a restaurant including staff. The capabilities of the restaurant staff that he takes over with the rest of the inventory and furniture, do not look very promising from the outset, but he keeps them nevertheless.
For the first 30 minutes or so, the stories of above two main protagonists run their completely separate course. We see them in turns, both paths clearly delineated, simply by having other people and another decor visible. After his asylum request being denied, and just before being transported to a plane to be sent back, Khaled escapes and starts an uncertain life on the street. He is found sleeping between the trashcans by fresh restaurateur Wikström, from which moment on their lives become mingled.
The restaurant business does not go as well as may be hoped. Given the quality of the staff that he inherited when buying the restaurant, it can be no surprise from the first day on. For example, when someone orders sardines from the menu, that seems to mean that he receives a half opened can. More humor follows later on when they try out different restaurant types, e.g. sushi being prepared out of a cooking book. Other experiments also hardly succeed. A surprise inspection is handled in a way not exactly by-the-book but they pass. These humoristic scenes are intermixed with the more serious main line of the story.
The story includes a series of lucky strikes and happy coincidences that is overwhelming, bordering on statistically impossible. But otherwise there would have been no story to tell, so who am I to complain. The musical fragments we witnessed, most in cafés or restaurants, even one where Khaled plays the sitar (is that the proper name?), albeit not relevant to the story itself, are included (I think) as ornamentation or as local folklore, or simply happened to be available and deemed a waste when left out.
All in all, this movie is much better than what the average synopsis promises. On the other hand, it is not easy to describe what it is exactly that makes the movie attractive. The serious undertone cannot be overlooked, given the hostilities encountered by Khaled, and the motivation for the denial of his asylum request is also a farce, based on wrong facts that we see refuted on TV, and gives Finland a bad name. However, the parallel story with Wikström and his restaurant takes good care of ample relief from the heavy material. I usually lower my expectations when a book or movie builds on two or more parallel story lines, by assuming that none of the stories could offer sufficient material to stand on its own feet, but this time my prejudice proved unjustified. The way both stories were mixed without disturbing the logical flow of events, may be one of the reasons this movie was awarded by the International Jury of the Berlinale 2017.
Finnish ex-salesman saves Syrian refugee in Helsinki
Probably Kaurismaki’s most topical film, this is a paean to the pluck and courage of the immigrant and to the humanity of the citizens who support them. It may cover the same plot and territory of his Le Havre (2011) but the European and American debate over immigration gives it a new urgency. The title works two ways. The desperate Khaled seems beyond hope when he pulls himself out of a coal bin. He escapes battered Aleppo only to be rejected by the Finnish asylum board. But the timely kindness he gets from strangers is also beyond anything he could realistically hope for. Street people magically materialize to drive off the redneck Liberation front determined to kill the “camel rider.” The Iraqi refugee and the blonde worker he befriends at the centre reveal an indefatigable generosity. Khaled fulfills is mission to save his sister Miriam (evoking the earlier emigre Moses and his sister Miriam) thanks to the generosity of the truck-driver and Khaled’s own resolve to cling to his fading life long enough to see her through. Like Moses, Khaled doesn’t get to the promised land either. Khaled’s chief support turns out to be Wikstrom, an unlikely hero in any other vision but Kaurismaki’s. Wikstrom is a traveling shirt salesman whom we meet as he abandons his woebegone wife. Seeking renewal, Wikstrom buys a down-at-heels restaurant which he struggles to revive – along with the downtrodden staff the previous owner had exploited and abused. The bond between Khaled and Wikstrom begins when they quarrel over home space. Wikstrom won’t let the Syrian sleep in his garbage area. They exchange nose punches, then Wikstrom feeds him and provides a job, fake ID and a storage unit home. Wikstrom’s generosity ends up saving his staff, then Miriam, and ultimately even his wife. His leaving shook her out of her alcoholism and she’s running her own modest business. They resume their marriage and she will be his new hostess. So the film traces two men’s unusual transcendence, the immigrant and the salesman. Of course, in Kaurismaki’s usual tone, there are no large emotions or grandiose effects. The faces are all proletarian, plain, appealing in humanity not beauty. Conversations are banal, silent stares long, baleful, empty. The camera rarely moves and very little ever happens – just the quiet unfolding of people with small, tender and moving lives. Wikstrom finances his restaurant purchase at a big stake poker game. In the climactic hand he’s up against four aces – as strong a hand as one can expect. But Wikstrom’s winning royal flush is the lowest hand you can get: the two, three, four, five and six of clubs. That moment encapsulates Kaurismaki’s vision and style. The lowly, the most unprepossessing and bathetic, they win because they are the bedrock of humanity.
Original Language fi
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Aki Kaurismäki
Writer Aki Kaurismäki
Actors Ville Virtanen, Tommi Korpela, Kati Outinen, Dome Karukoski
Country Finland, Germany
Awards 8 wins & 21 nominations.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 BL2, Cooke Speed Panchro Lenses, Arriflex 35 BL3 Evolution, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses
Laboratory Dejonghe, Kortrijk, Belgium
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383), Digital