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Le Havre Reviews

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January 17, 2017
"If the bummers and ambiguity of some of this season's movies are getting you down - or, hey, just the bummers and ambiguities of life - make your way to Le Havre. You won't be sorry."..." 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."
½ November 7, 2016
It was too cliched, predictable, and Manichaean.
½ August 25, 2016
See Carlos Magalhares' review. He's spot-on.
June 3, 2016
Bought this film when it came out and kept it on a "soon to be seen" list for years. Knowing it probably would be really good I was glad to finally put it on.

I've seen a few Aki Kaurismäki films, but I believe this is his first one done and sat in France. The story is super and it's in short terms about a old and kind shoe polisher that
takes care of an immigrant African boy that are dreaming about London.

It's well shot, superbly told and it's a sweet and subtly humorus film - a bit brighter than most of his other films. Not much to dislike here, it really lived up to my expectations.

8.5 out of 10 albino brothers.
March 29, 2016
A charming film that is soft spoken, but is entertaining to watch, nonetheless. With its bold, jewel-toned colors and steady plot (along with all-around happy endings), "Le Havre" just goes to show that it takes a village to raise a child . . . or at least to save one from deportation.
½ March 4, 2016
Incredibly relevant to the current political climate re: immigrants and refugees in Europe/US. Poignant, blunt, and beautifully shot. The colors and composition are beautiful to see.

Wonderful story illustrating compassion and empathy. I absolutely loved it.
February 7, 2016
Directed By: Aki Kaurismäki !!!
October 24, 2015
An art-house feel-good movie. Very optimistic in its nature, with no villains in sight (besides a vague sense of government harassment). Andre Wilms helps to create a great character in Marcel Marx, he would be a very great subject to create a low-key series around, just following him around. Well directed and filmed, with an interesting look and feel.
½ September 28, 2015
There are no bad Aki Kaurismäki films. And this one is excellent.
August 14, 2015
Pretty good movie and warmhearted, esp. very good relationship between that young African refugee(Blondin Miguel) and elderly(André Wilms), and very humanity. Good work!
½ June 6, 2015
Le Havre [France, 2011] Distinctively charming, not quite touching as it should be. 7/10
½ March 21, 2015
Every time I see a Kaurismaki movie I can't help but smile at his naive ingenuity ... or what looks like. This Le Havre makes no exception. It feels like a bedtime story, told as you would thell to your child.
Nice, not a masterpiece, but, if you have one hour and half spare, this is a nice way to spend that time.
October 5, 2014
Same old Aki Kaurismäki.
Same old Aki Kaurismäki's awkwardness.
September 25, 2014
I love this utterly entrancing film! Aki Kaurismäki is a genius.
September 18, 2014
wow....just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch.....its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.....i think that Elina Salo, Blondin Miguel, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kati Outinen, André Wilms, play good roles/parts throughout this movie.....i think that the director of this comedy/drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie....i think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch,.its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie.....

Le Havre premiered on 17 May 2011 in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival. It was the fourth time a film by Kaurismäki competed at the festival, after Drifting Clouds, The Man Without a Past and Lights in the Dusk. The Finnish premiere is set to 9 September 2011 through Future Film Distribution. Pyramide Distribution will release it in France on 21 December. Janus Films acquired the American distribution rights.

The budget was 3.8 million euro and included 750,000 euro in support from the Finnish Film Foundation. Kaurismäki's company Sputnik was the main producer, with Finnish broadcaster YLE, France's Pyramide Productions and Germany's Pandora Film as co-producers. The local rock singer Little Bob was cast in the film; Kaurismäki said that "Le Havre is the Memphis, Tennessee of France and Little Bob a.k.a. Roberto Piazza is the Elvis of this Kingdom as long as Johnny Hallyday stays in Paris and even then it would be a nice fight." Filming started 23 March and ended 12 May 2010

man this is such a bittersweet romantic comedy/drama movie 2 watch, i think that this is so beautifully directed movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie.....

The film received the FIPRESCI Prize for best film at the Cannes Film Festival. It also received a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury. The dog Laika received a special Jury Prize from the Palm Dog jury. The film went on to win the top prize for best international film at the 2011 Munich International Film Festival. It was selected as a nominee for the European Parliament's Lux Prize. The film was selected as the Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist. Le Havre also won the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Critical response

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a "fresh" score of 99% based on reviews from 71 critics.

Leslie Felperin wrote in Variety: "It's all rather jolly and slight, and certainly doesn't break any new ground for the Finnish auteur, even though it foregrounds more influences than usual from French filmmakers like Marcel Carne (obvious, given the protagonists' names), Jean-Pierre Melville, Robert Bresson and others. But on its own terms, Le Havre is a continual pleasure, seamlessly blending morose and merry notes with a deftness that's up there with Kaurismaki's best comic work." Felperin complimented the craft of Kaurismäki's regular cinematographer Timo Salminen and editor Timo Linnasalo, and wrote: "It's like listening to a band that's been cheerfully churning it out for years, whose members all know each other's timings inside out, not unlike onscreen performers Little Bob and his grizzled, perfectly in-sync crew."

man this is such a great comedy/drama movie 2 watch, it is so beautifully directed movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie....man this is such a really really powerful drama movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie....man this is such a good comedy movie 2 watch, its such an enjoyable movie 2 watch, with a good cast throughout this movie.....
August 31, 2014
Pretentiously deadpan twaddle posing as a contribution to the immigration problem debate. Has a contribution to make only to the treatment of insomnia. Save your money for a better film!
August 14, 2014
"Le Havre" is a very artsy movie, which was obviously made with a lot of care, but I think you need to be in a particular mood to get any enjoyment out of it.

The story follows a bohemian shoeshiner who comes across a troubled African immigrant who is trying to find his mother in London. The problem - the child immigrated illegally and ended up in a French village, rather than the British supercity. With the police hot on their tail, and the man's wife suffering in a hospital, the town pulls together to get this child home.

And you know what, that's very uplifting and all, but there's no real surprises (aside from one notable one right at the end, which still doesn't feel like too much of a payoff). It just feels like this movie sacrificed potential to be a very interesting film, in exchange for a Wes Anderson-esque whimsy, and it just seemed to be missing something.

It's a shame, because it's been so highly rated on this site, and there is certainly a huge reputation for director Aki Kaurismaki, but I just couldn't get into the film. Some piece was missing. I don't know if it was just me, but this was nothing more than a nice little bit of forgettable fluff.
½ August 12, 2014
This comedy-drama film is the kind of film that when you finish watching, it leaves you with good feelings about humanity. A simple stor,y well directed by Aki Kaurismäki about a young immigrant and the solidarity of an old French man and his neighbors and friends.
½ August 6, 2014
just ok drama 2nd posting
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