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Le Havre

(DVD - 2012 - French)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Le Havre
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Marcel Marx, an old bohemian living in the French harbor city of Le Harve, stands up for a young African refugee when officials begin to pursue the boy for deportation.
Title: Le Havre
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, 2012.
Edition: DVD ed., Special ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (93 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet (24 p. ; col. ill. ; 19 cm.)
Notes: Accompanying material may vary.
Special features include: trailer; new interview with actor André Wilms; footage from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival; Finnish television interview with actress Kati Outinen from 2011; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Sicinski and a 2011 conversation between Kaurismäki and film historian Peter von Bagh.
"Director-approved two-DVD special edition"--Container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2011.
Contents: disc 1. Film
disc 2. Supplements.
Summary: Marcel Marx, an old bohemian living in the French harbor city of Le Harve, stands up for a young African refugee when officials begin to pursue the boy for deportation.
Alternate Title: Le Havre
ISBN: 1604656069
9781604656060
Statement of Responsibility: produced by Aki Kaurismäki, Fabienne Vonier and Reinhard Brundig ; written and directed by Aki Kaurismäki ; Sputnik Oy, Pyramide Productions, Pandora Film ; coproduction of Arte France Cinéma, ZDF/Arte ; with the participation of the Finnish Film Foundation ; Canal+, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Le Centre du Cinéma et de L'image animée, Yle Coporductions, Cinécinéma, Arte France, La Région Haute-Normandie
Credits: Cinematographer, Timo Salminen ; editor, Timo Linnasalo.
Performers: André Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel, Quoc Dung Nguyen, Roberto Piazza, Jean-Pierre Léaud.
System Details: DVD; widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; NTSC, region 1.
Other Language: Soundtrack in French with English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Le Havre (France) Drama. Africa Emigration and immigration Drama. France Emigration and immigration Drama. Illegal aliens France Le Havre Drama. Shoe shiners France Le Havre Drama.
Genre/Form: French language materials.
Motion pictures, French.
Comedy films.
Foreign films-France.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Illegal aliens
Shoe shiners
Publisher No: CC2163D
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May 04, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A wry, sweet film set in the title port city and directed by the Finnish Aki Kaurismaki, who also did "Leningrad Cowboys Go West." It tackles immigration, aging and illness without being sentimental or didactic, which is hard to do. Contrary to another commentator, I wouldn't describe this as "melodramatic," but rather understated and observant. This is a 2-disc set released by Criterion.

Apr 20, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this movie

Mar 04, 2014
  • Liber_vermis rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A melodramatic story about a poor French shoeshine man's efforts to help an illegal Nigerian immigrant youth to escape from the French port of Le Havre across the English Channel to London. The plot might have been improved by substituting a bank robbery for the cheesy fund-raising rock concert; and the wife's death (rather than miraculous recovery) might have balanced the continuation of life signified by the youth's successful flight to England.

Feb 19, 2014
  • soniagalbi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a beautiful fairy tail of people who become heroes by solidarity!

Jul 21, 2013
  • smalalys233 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Le Havre" tells the story of a shoe polisher named Marcel who lives with his wife named Arletty, who is often seen staying at home. Meanwhile a refugee from Africa (later revealed to be named Idrissa) runs away and this event is caught all over the news. Because of this, an inspector sets out to look for Idrissa, yet Idrissa later ends up in the residence of Marcel. Marcel decides to let Idrissa stay with him, and tries to keep him in hiding with the help of friends, until he can find a way to help Idrissa reach a certain goal...

My thoughts were that it was a very interesting film, and it’s nice to see a film that has been made in somewhere other than America for once. I also liked how the characters film weren‘t typically young and attractive. What I found heartwarming about the film as well was the relationships between the protagonist (Marcel) and his friends and Arletty, and including the refugee (Idrissa). However, my only qualms with the movie was how at times things seemed very confusing or it seemed as if certain situations came out of nowhere (either that or I wasn’t really paying too much attention), yet it generally stuck with the main story. Finally, what I’ve appreciated was the fact that the film showed a realistic setting and realistic situations. I recommend this film towards elder teen to adult audiences (and those who can speak French fluently!)

May 15, 2013
  • pomtree rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful film. Shot with a deliberate, sincere pace and resembling the French films of the 50s and 60s. This is a gem.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Glencoe_Mike rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sweet look at immigrants in a small town in France.

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