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Le Havre (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 8 September 2011 (Germany)
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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.

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Aki Kaurismäki

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Aki Kaurismäki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
André Wilms ... Marcel Marx
Kati Outinen ... Arletty
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Monet
Blondin Miguel ... Idrissa
Elina Salo ... Claire
Evelyne Didi ... Yvette
Quoc Dung Nguyen Quoc Dung Nguyen ... Chang (as Quoc-Dung Nguyen)
Laïka Laïka ... Laïka - Dog
François Monnié François Monnié ... Epicier
Little Bob Little Bob ... Little Bob (as Roberto Piazza)
Pierre Étaix ... Docteur Becker
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Le dénonciateur
Vincent Lebodo Vincent Lebodo ... Francis
Umban U'kset Umban U'kset ... Mahamat Saleh
Patrick Bonnel Patrick Bonnel ... Le directeur du centre de rétention
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A dock worker in Le Havre hears a human sound inside one of the containers in port, that container which left Gabon three weeks ago and which was supposed to arrive in London five days after its departure from Gabon, which didn't happen. The Le Havre police and French border guards find a still alive group of illegal African immigrants inside. On the sign from one of his elders, a young teen boy among the illegal immigrants manages to escape, news of which hits the local media. The first friendly face that boy, Idrissa, encounters is that of former artist now aged shoeshine Marcel Marx. Marcel decides to help Idrissa by hiding him in his house, news which slowly trickles through his community of friends - most of whom he associates with at his local bar - and neighbors, most who assist Marcel in this task. Marcel goes to great lengths to find out Idrissa's story, which leads to Marcel's further task of trying to get Idrissa to London, his original end destination. The one neighbor who... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Finland | France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 September 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,363, 23 October 2011

Gross USA:

$611,709

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,498,657
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (SRD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Finland's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012. See more »

Quotes

Marcel Marx: L'argent circule au crepuscule.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

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La Nostalgique
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Kaurismäki goes France
3 January 2012 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

He's one of the directors (very few) there you recognize who's made the movie just after a couple of seconds. Kaurismäki has a tender view on shabby environments and shabby people. It has suited his Finland conception very well.

But it functions also in France and Le Havre, there you meet this shoe-polisher who tries to help a refugee boy. Not just the shoe-polisher, all working class people do.

It's a little miracle like every film in a sort of way is everywhere, but Kaurismäki takes it on without shame. And his environments and his tenderness seem to be universal. France is like Finland and the rest of the world.


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