Hope is an extremely private and fragile story evolving across just seven days and which, through a life-threatening event, reveals the feelings of a couple that was previously in denial, forcing them to face their evident yet well-hidden problems. Instead of “simply” chronicling yet another midlife crisis about age, work or ambitions, Anja and Tomas’s crisis is a final chance to prove that their relationship was real and not based on neglect or ignorance. With time no longer on their side, they are forced to be frank with each other in a way they may never have been before in their 20-year relationship.
After a successful international tour with her dance company, Anja (Andrea Bræin Hovig) returns home to celebrate Christmas and everybody is waiting for her: her life partner and theatre director Tomas (Stellan Skarsgård), their three children, along with the three children from Tomas’ first marriage, and her father. But right before Christmas day, Anja receives a terrible diagnosis: she suffers from a terminal brain tumour that is probably a metastasis of the lung cancer she recovered from the year before. According to the first estimations, the tumour is inoperable, and Anja only has a couple of months left to live. As the news begins to break, she begins to change and, in the dramatic following week, her relationship with Tomas will be put to the test.