Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes) (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes)2012

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



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Movie Info

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 against petty jealousies, buried obsessions, and unpleasant pasts. One of Marcel Carné's most revered films, Port of Shadows explores the foggier aspects of identity, love, and the possibility, or perhaps impossibility, of escape.


Robert Le Vigan
as The Painter
Jenny Burnay
as Lucien's Friend
Marcel Peres
as The Chauffeur
Rene Genin
as The Doctor
Raymond Aimos
as Quart Vittel
Martial Rèbe
as The Client
Roger Legris
as The Hotel Boy
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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.

January 31, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

From Gabin's fatigued magnetism to cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan's woodcut-worthy attention to texture, this is movie melancholia of the very highest order.

September 11, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

As a film that neither attempts more than it can do nor is satisfied with the trivial, Port of Shadows is a pleasure.

August 29, 2012 | Full Review…

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.

May 3, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

January 28, 2006 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The first and probably least of the collaborations between screenwriter Jacques Prevert and director Marcel Carne.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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
danny d

Super Reviewer

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
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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