Le Havre (2011) 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… 2011-10-21 PT93M Kati Outinen Janus Films
Movie Review

Le Havre (2011)

BEST FRIENDS Laika and Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) in Le Havre
Image credit: Marja-Leena Hukkanen
BEST FRIENDS Laika and Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) in Le Havre
EW's GRADE
A

Details Limited Release: Oct 21, 2011; Length: 93 Minutes; With: Kati Outinen; Distributor: Janus Films

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

Originally posted Nov 02, 2011 Published in issue #1180 Nov 11, 2011 Order article reprints