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Le Havre -- When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home.
Le Havre -- 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.

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8 September 2011 (Germany) See more »
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When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A sweet, simple film with a dark sense of humor See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
André Wilms ... Marcel Marx

Kati Outinen ... Arletty

Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Monet

Blondin Miguel ... Idrissa
Elina Salo ... Claire
Evelyne Didi ... Yvette
Quoc Dung Nguyen ... Chang (as Quoc-Dung Nguyen)
Laïka ... Laïka - Dog
François Monnié ... Epicier
Little Bob ... Little Bob (as Roberto Piazza)

Pierre Étaix ... Docteur Becker

Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Le dénonciateur
Vincent Lebodo ... Francis
Umban U'kset ... Mahamat Saleh
Patrick Bonnel ... Le directeur du centre de rétention
Ilkka Koivula ... L'Italien
Myriam 'Mimie' Piazza ... Mimie
Luce Vigo ... La vendeuse de sandwiches
Valérie Caron ... Eoupse épicier
Jérôme Boyer ... Policier frontière
Jean-Luc Guion Firmin ... Réfugié Calais
Pierre Morineau ... Gardien de nuit containers
Johann Rioux ... Commandant CRS
Julien Flematti ... CRZ zélé
Eric Duteil ... Médecin
Corinne Belet ... Infirmière
Dominique Lepagne ... Infirmière
Anne Lizy ... Infirmière
Pierre Richards ... Employé dock
Loïc Jamet ... Employé dock 2
Nico Garotin ... Membre group Little Bob
Bertrand Couloume ... Membre group Little Bob
Nicolas Noël ... Membre group Little Bob
Gilles Mallet ... Membre group Little Bob
Gilles Adam ... Pilier bar La Moderne / Préfet
Patrick Leboucher ... Pilier bar La Moderne
Michel Lacaille ... Pilier bar La Moderne
Stéphane Livonnen ... Pilier bar La Moderne
Arnaud Clément ... Client bar La Moderne
Dominique Comont ... Client bar La Moderne
Alain Guillot ... Client bar La Moderne
Philippe Hubschwerlin ... Client bar La Moderne
Franck Durand ... Client bar La Moderne
Christian Amyard ... Docker
Rudy Amyard ... Docker
Brice Augé ... Docker
Lucas Loubaresse ... Tueur
Ireneusz Spiewak ... Tueur
Gilles Charmant ... Vendeur de chaussures
Mary Berkelmans ... Ménagère
Seluna Lemercier ... Ménagère
Fanette Martinié ... Ménagère
Remi Pradinas ... Curé
Stéphane Parthenay ... Curé
Alain Chapelain ... Accordéoniste
Rachid Bessal ... Réfugié Calais
Oumar Ly ... Réfugié Calais
Emmanuel Ingweiler ... Photographe
Mathieu Hébert ... Barman
Frank Atinault ... Pêcheur
Dominiqur Mare ... Pêcheur
Brice Niel ... Pêcheur
Alban Rutten ... Pêcheur
Franck Rutten ... Pêcheur
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Christophe Perez ... Policier centre de rétention (uncredited)
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Directed by
Aki Kaurismäki 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aki Kaurismäki  written by

Produced by
Karl Baumgartner .... co-producer
Reinhard Brundig .... co-producer
Hanna Hemilä .... executive producer
Hanna Hemilä .... line producer
Aki Kaurismäki .... producer
Stéphane Parthenay .... line producer
Fabienne Vonier .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Timo Salminen 
 
Film Editing by
Timo Linnasalo 
 
Production Design by
Wouter Zoon 
 
Costume Design by
Frédéric Cambier 
 
Makeup Department
Valerie Thery-Hamel .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Valérie Farthouat .... executive in charge of production
Claire Langmann .... unit production manager
Mark Lwoff .... production manager
Remi Pradinas .... production manager
Haije Tulokas .... executive in charge of production
Augustin Werkoff .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gilles Charmant .... first assistant director
Renaud Gast .... third assistant director
Lucas Loubaresse .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Pascal Courtinel .... painter
Pomme Delépine .... assistant art director
Sebastien Gallien .... assistant carpenter
Sebastien Gallien .... carpenter
Jean-Claude Guillemain .... carpenter
Jean-Claude Guilleman .... construction coordinator
Thomas Pitre .... first assistant art director
Gérard Simonet .... construction coordinator
Ireneusz Spiewak .... property master
Laurent Thevenot .... painter
Wouter Zoon .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Iisakki Hormia .... post-production sound synch assistant
Konsta Hormia .... post-production sound synch
Benjamin Laurent .... boom operator
Tero Malmberg .... sound editor
Tero Malmberg .... sound
Olli Pärnänen .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lazar Abdelkebir .... camera car
Mika Ailasmäki .... first assistant camera
Cyril Dupont .... electrician
Eric Garzena .... lighting technician
Marja-Leena Hukkanen .... still photographer (as Malla Hukkanen)
Kalle Penttilä .... grip
Anne Vahlsten .... second assistant camera
Olli Varja .... gaffer
Ville Väänänen .... lighting technician
 
Casting Department
Jean Eninger .... casting assistant: children
Renaud Gast .... extras casting
Elsa Pharaon .... casting: children
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clara Lyonnet .... wardrobe
Diane Wehrly .... wardrobe trainee
 
Editorial Department
Gérard Estival .... color timer
Kirsi Hatara .... post-production secretary: Finland
Philippe Tourret .... post-production coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Lucien Lefèbvre .... driver
 
Other crew
Anne Berjon .... production assistant: France
Eve Bruant .... caterer
Irmeli Debarle .... interpreter
Irmeli Debarle .... translator
Agnès Fanget .... traffic controller
Valérie Farthouat .... production administrator
Camelia Förster .... secretary: Germany
Marja-Leena Hukkanen .... script supervisor (as Malla Hukkanen)
Stéphanie Jossec .... traffic controller
Eevi Kareinen .... production secretary: Finland
Heikki Keskinen .... production accountant: Finland
Philippe Leconte .... legal supervisor: France
Louise Lehec .... production trainee: France
Jeffrey Leiser .... deliverables coordinator
Frank Lesniak .... traffic controller
Marine Longuet .... assistant location manager
Mikko Lyytikäinen .... translator
Guillaume Moinard .... assistant location manager
Paula Oinonen .... dog trainer: Laika
Reichenbach Pauline .... location manager trainee
Élise Pradinas .... nanny
Mathieu Raab .... traffic controller
Frédéric Sibeud .... traffic controller
Thibault Spiral .... traffic controller
Rainer Teusner .... production accountant: Germany
Augustin Werkoff .... assistant location manager
 

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93 min
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Finland's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012.See more »
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Marcel Marx:L'argent circule au crepuscule.See more »
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Petit prélude et fugue en mi mineur BWV 555See more »

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58 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
A sweet, simple film with a dark sense of humor, 14 September 2011
Author: Nicholas Lyons (Copyright1994) from Ontario, Canada

(Read the full review at http://nickplusmovies.blogspot.com)

I started off my experience at this year's Toronto International Film Festival with Aki Kaurismäki's "Le Havre", a rather obscure, small production that was competing for the Palme d'Or at Cannes (it was Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" that was the big winner). The question is: Did I start off on the right foot? Read on to find out...

"Le Havre" centers on an elderly, working-class shoe shiner named Marcel Marx (played by André Wilms), living with his loving wife Arletty (Kati Outinen) in the French port city of... Le Havre. Although his profession only leaves him with enough money to get by, he never gives up hope and always finds great joy and warmth in all the people in his life-- be it his friendly, selfless, next-door neighbor or the kind owner of the local bar. Marcel's life takes a bit of a turn when he must send his ill wife to the hospital, hoping she will get better soon. But that's not it-- soon after, when he finds himself alone, eating a sandwich at the harbor, he discovers a young African boy named Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) hiding in the water. Marcel befriends him and learns that he had been hiding with many other illegal immigrants in a shipping container, with hopes of arriving in London to meet up with his aunt. The old man voluntarily goes out of his way to keep him away from authorities and completely out of sight, but soon, this situation quickly transforms into a cat-and-mouse game, lead by the persistent, intimidating, wolf- like police inspector Monet (Jean-Pierre Darroussin).

With its simplistic plot, clearly defined characters, and inviting setting, this film has all the qualities and characteristics of a great short film-- if you don't count its feature-length runtime. Is this a bad thing? Hardly! I find that this makes the film all the more absorbing and enjoyable, though slow in progression at times and thus able to make your average modern-day moviegoer lose interest. But I still believe that sometimes, it's nice to just sit down and follow a naturally flowing, straightforward story, when most of the movies you see today are flashy and overly stimulating to the point where they bore you. "Le Havre" is something refreshingly different, for a change.

Rarely do films combine comedy with drama in such a natural, uncontrived way. With this film, Aki Kaurismäki proves to be one of the few working directors able to pull off a mixture of dark, ironic, and deadpan humor while maintaining the same upbeat, cheerful, and optimistic tone throughout the entire film. A great example of this guy's exemplary sense of humor is the opening scene of the film, where we see Marcel going around with his shoe shining materials, looking for a paying customer. He finally lucks out when he approaches a suspicious looking type holding a suitcase in his hand. As he shines this man's shoes, we see two other mysterious figures watching from a distance. It's clear that something's up. When Marcel finishes his job, the man pays him and quickly tries to escape. But it's too late; we hear gunshots, a tire squeal, and a scream as the camera lingers on Marcel, whose facial expression remains pleasant. He simply says: "Luckily he had time to pay.". Of course, since it's more of a visual gag, it's much funnier when you see it for yourself. Having said that, there's no denying that this film has very smart comedic elements.

What I love just as much-- if not, more-- about this little film is how authentic and down-to-earth the characters are in their interactions. Every scene is made into such an accurate portrait of life thanks to all of the real, human performances from the entire cast of lesser-known actors. The only thing that threw me off was how the couple of Finnish actors in the film let their accents slip through as they were speaking French. But this would be barely noticeable for those of you who don't speak either one of these languages.

Although this film is Finnish, it's obvious that it's shot on location in France. I was breathless as I got to admire the beauty of the ocean and the quaint coziness of the old city buildings. Sadly, this is the closest I've ever gotten to visiting France! No wonder these sights took me away.

In sum, Aki Kaurismäki's "Le Havre" is a simple, human tale that remains light and pleasant while brushing on topics of illegal immigration and the illness of a loved-one. It's a soulful film that mixes smart humor with true emotion, without ever feeling artificial. I recommend looking for this hidden gem. You might just like it.

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