Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes) Reviews
aka Port of Shadows
Another Marcel Carné pre-war, French (talkative) neo-realism film with a little film noir thrown in for good measure.
Jean (Jean Gabin) is a disillusioned AWOL soldier, hitchhiking his way to Le Havre. He finds shelter in a worn out saloon near the docks and meets some down-on-their-luck characters including the owner, Panama (Edouard Docleur) a suicidal artist, Michel Krauss (Robert Vigan) and a beautiful young woman, Nelly (Michéle Morgan).
There's also some gangsters fighting over power and access to Nelly, including Nelly's own guardian, Zabel (Michel Simon). Jean and Nelly fall in love with each other, but it's done knowing that the relationship will be doomed since Jean is trying to get on a tramp steamer to Venezuela.