A French bohemian-turnedshoeshiner (André Wilms) and his dockside neighbors shelter a young African refugee (newcomer Blondin Miguel) in Le Havre, a perfect, deadpan, impishly optimistic fairy tale about French tolerance from the great Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki. The setting is somewhere between a post-WWII Brigadoon and the environs of Marcel Carn classic Children of Paradise, but the story is as timely as this morning’s news from Europe. A
BEST FRIENDS Laika and Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) in Le Havre (Marja-Leena Hukkanen)
Starring: Kati Outinen; Director: Aki Kaurismaki; Release Date Limited: 10/21/2011; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 93; Distributor: Janus Films
Posted November 4 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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