The Finnish director's sense of humor is dry and dark as pitch, as he consistently finds moments of absurdity in the midst of strife and tragedy.
| Original Score: 3/4
You almost become a citizen of Le Havre, watching this film and rejoicing at the end as two newfound, unexpected friends share a drink.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kaurismäki wrote the script, I think, with secret credit from Mother Goose and some fabric softener.
"Le Havre" is a small bit of movie magic, a story that plays more as a fable even as it deals with something as topical as immigration.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's a straightforward yet completely artificial scenario, with welcome overtones of Italian Neo-Realism.
Unlike the director's typical hero, Wilms's spare performance conveys confidence rather than defeat. He and the kid warm the heart, thawing Kaurismäki's usual icy aplomb.
Heart-wrenching but ultimately inspirational.
Le Havre is not the filmmaker's best work (see La Vie de Bohème for that), but no matter the storm, we should be grateful to dock in this port.
| Original Score: 3/5
The film is especially comforting if you love old movies, as Kaurismaki does.
Does Kaurismaki believe in his own fairy tale? The movie, a humble delight, suggests the answer is yes.
An exceeding droll comedy from Finnish master Aki Kaurismaki, whose dark worldview is balanced by a deep empathy for his blue-collar characters.
An easygoing story of human relationships with a sharp political comment about European immigration.
| Original Score: 8/10
A slog of old-fashioned ideals and utter non-whimsy.
So breezy that once the film ends, it simply drifts away
If the story outline seems simple, it is; this movie is all about attitude and style. The shabby-genteel hero, who has a keen sense of irony, and the people who help him...
If the name Aki Kaurismäki doesn't mean anything to you, it should, and "Le Havre" may be the film to make it happen.
"Le Havre'' is warm-hearted and uplifting, without being schmaltzy or preachy. And, with its illegal-alien theme, it's dead-on timely.
No one looks at the world quite like Kaurismäki, and his deadpan sentimentality is worth discovery. This is a good place to start.
A contemporary fable set in a place constructed from blocks of French cinematic history, Le Havre is one of Aki Kaurismaki's warmest, most engaging films.
offers plenty of things to talk about but perhaps the most remarkable part about it is its confidence of style and its sober-eyed sense of uplift