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Le Havre Reviews

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October 28, 2011
A slog of old-fashioned ideals and utter non-whimsy.
November 27, 2017
It is not a set of moves within and against the system writ large; it zeroes in on individuals, frames them, looks into their eyes, forges space and community with them, in neighborhoods, through moments.
April 5, 2012
No other director could maintain this degree of optimism while telling such a superficially grim story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 2, 2011
Kaurismäki's style throughout remains, as ever, resolutely direct in its clean lines and saturated color.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 17, 2012
[It's] a movie that - like fellow 2011 Cannes entry The Kid With A Bike - is all about generosity of spirit and the cosmic rewards afforded those who live compassionately.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 3, 2011
The film is especially comforting if you love old movies, as Kaurismaki does.
December 14, 2011
While the film never reaches any hugely profound revelations with its parable-styled stories of compassion and community, and occasionally feels a little slight, it's also enormously enjoyable and gorgeous to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
April 4, 2012
Such a heart-warming tale in any other hands could so easily become schmaltzy (a Spielberg remake would be awful), but the deadpan delivery and endless idiosyncrasies counterbalance this tendency.
October 7, 2015
"Le Havre" is easily the most humanist, generous and hopeful movie in recent memory.
December 2, 2011
'Tis the season, so the saying goes. And when it comes to Aki Kaurismäki, it holds true. The Finnish writer-director arrives bearing a gift wrapped in a contemporary immigration fable.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 3, 2011
Does Kaurismaki believe in his own fairy tale? The movie, a humble delight, suggests the answer is yes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 20, 2011
"Le Havre" stands on its own fragile but considerable merits.
October 18, 2011
In just a few minutes of screen time, the film establishes that specifically Kaurismäkian world of sad-sack losers, humorously incongruous but uncommented-upon presences, and the director's trademark careful attention to visages.
April 6, 2012
Written and directed by Finland's Aki Kaurismäki, this warmly engaging film is an understated pleasure about a surprisingly resourceful underdog.
January 13, 2012
A charming film that celebrates humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 9, 2011
It's a straightforward yet completely artificial scenario, with welcome overtones of Italian Neo-Realism.
September 10, 2011
As usual, camera moves, cuts, and gestures are boiled down to the essential, with emotion so concentrated as to give the impression of no emotion at all.
October 18, 2011
Aki Kaurismaki carves out another comically enchanted movie oasis from the real world where people can rise to the occasion and do the right things.
December 30, 2011
The movie never wears out its welcome with an efficient 93-minute running time. Besides the four principal characters, the supporting cast makes an impression playing a grocer, a baker, a tavern owner and Marcel's best buddy from Vietnam. It also...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 8, 2011
It's a puzzle, and an intriguing one.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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