Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes)
Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes) (2012)

When Jean (Jean Gabin), a deserter from the Colonial Army, hitchhikes his way into Le Havre, he's only looking for a place to hide until he book ship's passage. He never expects to become embroiled in a dispute between local… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Because it is so uncompromising, so pure, "Port of Shadow's" particularly French brand of romantic fatalism still knocks us out decades after the fact.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Essentially, this is film noir, so there's crime and romance, but both are submerged beneath a resolutely ground-level exploration of lives in crisis -- a mood bolstered by shots of the down-and-dirty French port groaning into action.

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Emanuel Levy

This collaboration of Marcel Carne and Jacques Prevert is a highlight of French poetic realism and a masterpiece of world cinema.

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Eric Hynes
Time Out

From Gabin's fatigued magnetism to cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan's woodcut-worthy attention to texture, this is movie melancholia of the very highest order.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

It's a thorough-going study in blacks and grays, without a free laugh in it; but it is also a remarkably beautiful motion picture from the purely pictorial standpoint and a strangely haunting drama.

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Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine

We empathize with their resistance to suffer, but it's hard to feel something other than philosophical respect for characters who think of swimmers as soon-to-be drowned men.

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Otis Ferguson
The New Republic

As a film that neither attempts more than it can do nor is satisfied with the trivial, Port of Shadows is a pleasure.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The first and probably least of the collaborations between screenwriter Jacques Prevert and director Marcel Carne.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

[A] 1938 masterpiece of poetic realism...

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Love is the only hope for people who, paradoxically seek freedom in their already predestined lives. An elegy with haunting, dreamlike atmosphere.
Wahida K
Nelly...girl of the waterfront...who at seventeen...had lived far beyond her years
danny d
an excellent thriller/mystery from marcel carne about a wandering soldier running from his past, but is unable to run from himself. the film has great… More
Stella Dallas
beautiful film. wonderful atmosphere. heartbreaking ending. jean gabin is the french bogart. and french gangsters are funny! except when they're not
Randy Tippy
The key word here seems to be "atmospheric". This is a film that permeates your space. Jean Gabin (àla<i>The Grand Illusion</i>) is… More
Veronique Kwak
a lyrically pastoral story about the marginalized vagabonds at some harbor village in france antecedent to WWI....sublimely anchored by the vicissitudinary… More