Le Havre
Le Havre (2011)

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.… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 21, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Aki Kaurismäki's deadpan wit hits a graceful note with Le Havre, a comedy/drama that's sweet, sad, and uplifting in equal measure.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

We are so held by the film's impact that its ending, surprise or not, is like a bonus.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

'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.

Stuart Klawans
The Nation

Le Havre charmingly renews the old-fashioned belief in an ethic among the urban poor, one that sometimes rises to the challenge of mutual help across lines of race and nation. This sense of solidarity even crosses lines of cultural ambition.

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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic

Endearingly quirky, just this side of precious, but so warm and deftly executed that you go along with it.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Michael Sicinski
Cinema Scope

It is not a set of moves within and against the system writ large; it zeroes in on individuals, frames them, looks into their eyes, forges space and community with them, in neighborhoods, through moments.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"Le Havre" is a passing fancy of a film, but it passes quite nicely indeed.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Josh Larsen

Plays less like a snapshot of Europe wrestling with the realities of immigration and more like a fantasy about how Kaurismaki wishes every immigrant's story would play out.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
I liked the premise of this film, and it definitely had its moments, but overall, unfortunately, I found it kind of boring. Had the characters had a little more… More
The Movie Waffler
Affable shoe-shine man Wilms takes up the cause of illegal immigrant Miguel who is seeking passage from the title port to join his mother in London. From a… More
'Le Havre'. A whimsical, feel good tale with a very quirky look, direction and set of characters.
Walter M.
Marcel Marx(Andre Wilms) is a shoeshine who makes a sparse living in Le Havre and has more than his share of his debts. His wife Arletty(Kati Outinen)… More
Carlos Magalhães
Even if not special or memorable, this is an enjoyable film that invests well in a theatrical tone to tell a simple story. A comedic drama that makes curious… More
John Ballantine
Sentimental in all the right ways, Le Havre brings out the humanity in the midst of the inhumanity of refugee claimants who end up trapped on the coast of… More