2019 -  126 min.

director.gif (905 bytes)Maria Sødahl


Andrea Bræin Hovig - Anya
Stellan Skarsgård - Tomas

button_box.gif (205 bytes)STELLAN ON ACCEPTING THE ROLE:

"I have known her [director Maria Sødahl] for 25 years. I have done five films with her husband [Hans Petter Moland] as a director and our families know each other so I was familiar with the story. But then she sent me a fantastic, beautiful synopsis. I think it was two or three pages or something and I got very enthusiastic immediately. Because what it said was that she is not indulging in her own story, she has enough distance to see the comic side of it, the tragic side of it, the helplessness of the characters. It was actually really human and funny and interesting, just in two pages. So that is how I got into it."

button_box.gif (205 bytes)FROM THE DIRECTOR:

"They’re an odd couple. She’s feisty and petite. He’s tall and phlegmatic. But that oddness brings out a lot of energy and chemistry between them. They would find humor in some of the human inadequacy and absurd situations depicted in the film." She continues, "As far as Stellan Skarsgård is concerned, he is both a friend and a great actor who luckily found the script exciting. It is inspiring that an experienced actor like him finds it intriguing joining a mixed cast of both professionals and amateurs – children and actual doctors in the story’s health staff. As a director, I also find this combination both risky and exciting"

button_box.gif (205 bytes)PRODUCTION NOTES & PHOTOS:

Filming began in the film city of Trollhättan, Sweden on February 1, 2019. The apartment was entirely built in a 350 square meters studio in Trollhättan.

Media event in February when filming began:


button_box.gif (205 bytes)MOVIE STILLS

button_box.gif (205 bytes)Toronto International Film Festival - September 7 & 8, 2019

button_box.gif (205 bytes)REVIEWS

"The maturity of the writer-director's gaze and the highly personal nature of material drawn from her own difficult experience bring an affecting gravitas to that most over-trafficked of subgenres, the cancer movie. Factor in two layered performances of penetrating emotional acuity from Andrea Braein Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård and you have a melancholy but highly satisfying adult drama."   ...David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"Hope provides its own union, a warm gathering of Scandinavian artists, with Sweden’s Skarsgård and Norway’s Hovig both excelling under Norwegian director Maria Sødahl’s attentive care. Their swings of emotion – from surly silences to tender handholding to frantic, almost hostile lovemaking – are all painfully real and carefully captured."   ...Stephen Whitty, Screen Daily

"Hovig and Skarsgård are masterful in their dynamic, providing near-documentary levels of believability to their characters. The dance between acceptance of the vagaries of fate and that even more complex emotion which gives the film its title pulls the characters apart, making for some moving and often harrowing moments that feel firmly rooted in reality."   ...Jason Gorber, Slash Film

"Hovig and Skarsgård give complex performances as two largely kind, professionally ambitious people in a difficult situation. You really believe they’ve built a family together, with all the joys and sacrifices that entails."  ...Alex Heeney, Seventh Row

"It’s not easy to make a film about a life-threatening illness that is as rich and joyous as this one can be, perfectly balanced at other times by the very real stakes. Hovig and Skarsgård are both excellent, their rapport speaking of years of cohabitation and habit. The children, young and old, are equally solid, their pain driving Anya’s determination to survive at all costs. By the end, no matter the outcome, we recognize that we have spent time in the company of people worth knowing, and of a director who values our time spent watching her story."   ...Christopher Llewellyn Reed. Hammer to Nail

"Hovig is more than capable to take us on her character's journey and delivers a breathtaking performance. Skarsgård's solemn delivery pairs beautifully with Hovig's. It's through his tender approach and his support of Anja that we have some emotional foundation."   ...Quelle Movies