Marja-Leena Hukkanen
Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 04, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Le Havre

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
93 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/21/11
performer
Kati Outinen
director
Aki Kaurismaki
distributor
Janus Films

We gave it an A

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

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