Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes)


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 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 (8)

  • 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.

    Jan 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.

    Sep 11, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Eric Hynes

    Time Out
    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.

    Aug 29, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Pessimistic, yet strangely sublime.

    May 3, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Marcel Carné's film has fully earned its status as a classic of French poetic realism.

    May 3, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | 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…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic

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

  • Oct 06, 2015
    Port of Shadows is French proto-noir. The film is put together nicely in terms of shooting and vibe; the main characters have an odd but good chemistry. I agree with other reviewers that the plot is a bit lacking and the film is strangely episodic but nonetheless uprate it on account of it satisfying my tastes (French, noir).
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2014
    Love is the only hope for people who, paradoxically seek freedom in their already predestined lives. An elegy with haunting, dreamlike atmosphere.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2009
    Nelly...girl of the waterfront...who at seventeen...had lived far beyond her years
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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