Le Havre
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In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoeshiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"We are so held by the film's impact that its ending, surprise or not, is like a bonus."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"'Tis the season, so the saying goes. And when it comes to Aki Kaurismäki, it holds true. The Finnish writer-director arrives bearing a gift wrapped in a contemporary immigration fable."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Overly sentimental but warmhearted Marxist message pic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Kaurismäki turns his affectionate, whimsical eye on the impoverished but generous folk of a run-down, waterfront community in the Normandy port of Le Havre."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The intricately woven tale of hide and seek is full of priceless, poker-faced comedy and heartrending tenderness."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Endearingly quirky, just this side of precious, but so warm and deftly executed that you go along with it."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Atlantic
"If the bummers and ambiguity of some of this season's movies are getting you down - or, hey, just the bummers and ambiguities of life - make your way to Le Havre. You won't be sorry."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Kaurismäki returns with another of his deadpan comedies, reminiscent of the great silent comedians, though this one is arguably one of his gentlest as well."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The result is both charming and purposeful."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"No other director could maintain this degree of optimism while telling such a superficially grim story."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
""Le Havre" is a passing fancy of a film, but it passes quite nicely indeed."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The Finnish director's sense of humor is dry and dark as pitch, as he consistently finds moments of absurdity in the midst of strife and tragedy."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Le Havre is presented as an oasis of happy inclusiveness within a regimented, uniformed, legislated and suspicious world at large; to spend time here is a pleasure."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Written and directed by Finland's Aki Kaurismäki, this warmly engaging film is an understated pleasure about a surprisingly resourceful underdog."
‑ Alex Zane, Sun Online
"It's a satisfying and distinctively lovable film."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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