Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes) (2012)

Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes) (2012)

Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes)



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When Jean (Jean Gabin), a deserter from the Colonial Army, hitchhikes his way into Le Havre, he's only looking for a place to hide until he book ship's passage. He never expects to become embroiled in a dispute between local "tough" guy Lucien (Pierre Brasseur) and wealthy but shady shopkeeper Zabel (Michel Simon). Nor does he expect to fall in love with the beautiful Nelly (Michèle Morgan), who Zabel also "keeps" What was supposed to be a stopover on his way to a better life turns into a fight … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Pierre Mac Orlan, Jacques Prevert
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 20, 2004
Box Office: $26.8k
Rialto Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes)

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

Because it is so uncompromising, so pure, "Port of Shadow's" particularly French brand of romantic fatalism still knocks us out decades after the fact.

Full Review… | January 31, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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From Gabin's fatigued magnetism to cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan's woodcut-worthy attention to texture, this is movie melancholia of the very highest order.

Full Review… | September 11, 2012
Time Out
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As a film that neither attempts more than it can do nor is satisfied with the trivial, Port of Shadows is a pleasure.

Full Review… | August 29, 2012
The New Republic
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Essentially, this is film noir, so there's crime and romance, but both are submerged beneath a resolutely ground-level exploration of lives in crisis -- a mood bolstered by shots of the down-and-dirty French port groaning into action.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
Time Out
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It's a thorough-going study in blacks and grays, without a free laugh in it; but it is also a remarkably beautiful motion picture from the purely pictorial standpoint and a strangely haunting drama.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
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The first and probably least of the collaborations between screenwriter Jacques Prevert and director Marcel Carne.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes)


Love is the only hope for people who, paradoxically seek freedom in their already predestined lives. An elegy with haunting, dreamlike atmosphere.

Pierluigi Puccini

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an excellent thriller/mystery from marcel carne about a wandering soldier running from his past, but is unable to run from himself. the film has great performances, especially from gabin, and has a perfect running time to tell a simple story but keep the intrigue.

danny d

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The key word here seems to be "atmospheric". This is a film that permeates your space. Jean Gabin (àlaThe Grand Illusion) is tailor-made for characters with tortured souls and hidden secrets. Wonderfully effective French noir.

Randy Tippy

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