Le Havre

Le Havre

Le Havre

French comedy, winner of the International Critics Prize at Cannes 2011, following the friendship between a shoeshiner and an illegal immigrant boy.

"Marcel Marx, a former author and a well-known Bohemian, has retreated into a voluntary exile in the port city of Le Havre... he has buried his dreams of a literary breakthrough and lives happily within the triangle of his favourite bar, his shoe-shining work, and his wife Arletty, when fate suddenly throws in his path an underage immigrant refugee from darkest Africa.

"As Arletty at the same time gets seriously ill, Marcel has to rise against the cold wall of human indifference with his only weapon: innate optimism and the unwavering solidarity of the people of his quartier. Against him stands the whole blind machinery of the Western constitutionally governed state, this time represented by the dragnet of the police, moment by moment drawing closer around the refugee boy." (Cannes Film Festival 2011)

International Critics Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2011.
2011Rating: G93 minsFinland, France, GermanyFrench with English subtitles
ComedyDramaWorld Cinema
37%
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Reviews & comments

A comic and whimsical drama

Written and directed by Finland's Aki Kaurismaki, who is known for his use of low-key acting and simple story-telling. LE HAVRE definitely has both, and manages to focus on hope, solidarity and kindness while telling a sad yet common story of refugee. It is definitely a fantasy, and a charming and quirky one at that, full of references and winks to the old...

5.0
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A Quirky Comedy

It's really hard to place this movie given that it has subtle black humor mingled with quirky, a very real drama, then absurd, and patches of a love story. As we left the theatre and walked out through the theatre, down the escalator and out onto the street you could hear the usual chatter from movie goers. What was different was the regular outbursts of...

3.0
0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Le Havre is utopian precisely because it shows everything as it is not.

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Variety

Variety

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Mixing together some of helmer Aki Kaurismaki's favorite Gallic and Finnish thesps with a few newbies, Le Havre feels like a welcoming family reunion.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Kaurismäki adeptly weaves rockabilly musical interludes, a stylised colourscheme and droll performances into a warm-hearted salute to both classical French cinema and working-class solidarity.

4.0
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Time Out

Time Out

press

This is textbook Kaurismäki, neither fresh nor unwelcome.

3.0
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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

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Le Havre is a playful parable that conveys profound truths about compassion, humility and sacrifice. It offers proof that miracles do happen - especially in Kaurismaki's lyrically hardscrabble neighborhood.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A stylized and sentimental fairy tale about the way the world might be, grounded in a frank recognition of the way it is.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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This movie is as lovable as a silent comedy, which it could have been.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

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The setting is somewhere between a post-WWII Brigadoon and the environs of Marcel Carn classic "Children of Paradise," but the story is as timely as this morning's news from Europe.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It may not be up there with his very best, but Aki Kaurismäki offers a reminder that he's a still one of the freshest voices in cinema.

3.0
0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Le Havre is utopian precisely because it shows everything as it is not.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Mixing together some of helmer Aki Kaurismaki's favorite Gallic and Finnish thesps with a few newbies, Le Havre feels like a welcoming family reunion.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Kaurismäki adeptly weaves rockabilly musical interludes, a stylised colourscheme and droll performances into a warm-hearted salute to both classical French cinema and working-class solidarity.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

This is textbook Kaurismäki, neither fresh nor unwelcome.

3.0
0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

Le Havre is a playful parable that conveys profound truths about compassion, humility and sacrifice. It offers proof that miracles do happen - especially in Kaurismaki's lyrically hardscrabble neighborhood.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A stylized and sentimental fairy tale about the way the world might be, grounded in a frank recognition of the way it is.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This movie is as lovable as a silent comedy, which it could have been.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

The setting is somewhere between a post-WWII Brigadoon and the environs of Marcel Carn classic "Children of Paradise," but the story is as timely as this morning's news from Europe.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It may not be up there with his very best, but Aki Kaurismäki offers a reminder that he's a still one of the freshest voices in cinema.

3.0
0

A comic and whimsical drama

Written and directed by Finland's Aki Kaurismaki, who is known for his use of low-key acting and simple story-telling. LE HAVRE definitely has both, and manages to focus on hope, solidarity and kindness while telling a sad yet common story of refugee. It is definitely a fantasy, and a charming and quirky one at that, full of references and winks to the...

5.0
0

A Quirky Comedy

It's really hard to place this movie given that it has subtle black humor mingled with quirky, a very real drama, then absurd, and patches of a love story. As we left the theatre and walked out through the theatre, down the escalator and out onto the street you could hear the usual chatter from movie goers. What was different was the regular outbursts...

3.0
0