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Le Havre -- Fate throws the young African refugee Idrissa into the path of Marcel Marx, a kindly old bohemian who shines shoes for a living in the French harbor city Le Havre. With inborn optimism and the support of his tight-knit community, Marcel stands up to the officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation.
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 »
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 »
17 wins & 30 nominations See more »
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An authentic blend of realism and poetry See more (39 total) »


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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Winfried Glatzeder ... Bar visitor (uncredited)

Christophe Perez ... Policier centre de rétention (uncredited)

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
Élise Pradinas .... nanny
Mathieu Raab .... traffic controller
Pauline Reichenbach .... location manager trainee
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 »
Marcel Marx:L'argent circule au crepuscule.See more »
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Spin off from La Vie de Bohème (1992)See more »
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38 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
An authentic blend of realism and poetry, 30 November 2011
Author: simona gianotti from Italy

The natural flowing of this simple movie, where no excesses are to be noticed ,may make one judge it as a weird movie, where something actually happens, but does seem to affect the lives of the characters. This is not properly true. Indeed, this is a simple movie, with no plot twists, no complications, but here does it lie its magic. It's a movie where "normal", common people simply accept their lives for what they are, which does not mean in a passive way, on the contrary they prove morally resilient people, who relate one another in an authentic way, behave as honest and fair people (so difficult to find people like these nowadays, that they look so strange!) they face bad things with dignity, and good things with no easy enthusiasm. Its best quality lies in the perfect and never clashing blend between hard facts (the hardships of immigrants, the theme of illness) and poetry, with a human faith in miracles which never sounds ridiculous or mystical: miracles happen simply because sometimes they may happen, and there's not even much to wonder at. There's such a placid attitude shown by the characters, very well interpreted by a good cast, that if the aim was to convey a calm and resilient acceptance of life, with its weird mixture of hardness and poetry, well, the aim has been successfully accomplished.

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