An elderly citizen aids a refugee migrant. The premise was used in Aki Kaurismaki’s THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE and re-visited again in this Austrian version entitled NOBADI. Here, a grumpy old white man enlists the help of an Afghani migrant to bury his dead dog.
As expected, the two dredge through prejudices to find common ground, their day taking an unexpected turn. Robert (Heinz Trixner) is a 91-year-old, set-in-his-ways pensioner, living on a small allotment in Vienna while the migrant is Adib (Borhanulddin Hassan Zadeh), from Afghanistan. It is the gaping, unattended wound on Adib’s foot that the situation suddenly becomes life-or-death. NOBADI is a leaner, more serious version but still not without its humour.
Though no match for Kaurismaki, Makovic’s film still has its moments, many of which are provided by the candid performances by both Trixner and Zadeh. Watch out for the film’s last 15 minutes that will knock you off your seat!