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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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Aki Kaurismäki (written by)
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Release Date:
8 September 2011 (Germany) See more »
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Plot:
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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16 wins & 28 nominations See more »
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(275 articles)
Karl Baumgartner, obituary
 (From ScreenDaily. 19 March 2014, 8:27 AM, PDT)

Karl Baumgartner dead at 65
 (From ScreenDaily. 18 March 2014, 3:49 PM, PDT)

Karl Baumgartner, 1949-2014
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Charming and delightful, pure optimistic cinema 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
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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Trivia:
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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Soundtrack:
Chanson du PavéSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Charming and delightful, pure optimistic cinema, 23 March 2013
Author: MoodyB84 from United Kingdom

These days it seems that French films predominantly fit into one of two categories: Smug, over long and preachy, such as Rust and Bone or Little White Lies. Or they produce deeply involving but simplistic stories containing the most genuine heartfelt emotion such as Amour (in French, therefore French) or The Kid with a Bike. I am happy to say that Le Havre falls in the latter group. In fact the story here is one of pure simplicity and the tone of the film contains nothing but genuine optimism towards the theme of human compassion. That is it, this film has no ulterior motive or no gimmicks, and it is a very simply and extremely involving story based around that one simple theme. However, this film is not just a tribute to human compassion, but contained within it are tributes to the history of cinema that are quite simply a joy to experience. When I say that, the use of music as well the way certain scenes are lit pay a respectful tribute to films of the 40s and 50s throughout the narrative.

This is not to say that this film is not without its realism, Marx and his neighbours all live a humble life bordering on poverty. The plight of Idrissa is unenviable and there is an honest depiction of a refugee camp just outside Calais. However, the theme of Le Havre is not that life is simply good, that would be naive. It is how these characters deal with life and the situations that it presents. Of course it would be so easy to fall into to the trap of patronising and borderline preachy cliché here, but this never happens due to the genuine feeling of honesty depicted throughout the narrative. Every character is presented very honestly with all their flaws quite clear to see, but it is their ability for natural compassion that drives the narrative forward. By the time Le Havre reaches its very satisfying conclusion where there are no loose ends, it is difficult not to feel that not only have you been entertained, but also enlightened.

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