The relationships in Maria Sodahl’s Hope are drawn with an observational style that’s rigorously, disarmingly honest – that goes for romantic unions, friendships, parenting, interactions within the broader dynamic of an extended family, even the anxious exchanges between patient and doctor.
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
Braein Hovig and Stellan 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, Slashfilm