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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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Storyline

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:

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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:

€3,850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,363, 23 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$611,709, 15 April 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (SRD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character Marcel Marx, played by Andre Wilms, first appears in La Vie de Bohème (1992). Jean-Pierre Léaud also appears in both films, but as different characters. See more »

Quotes

Marcel Marx: L'argent circule au crepuscule.
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Spun-off from La Vie de Bohème (1992) See more »

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Pure cinema with a great touch of subtle humor
15 February 2012 | by Torben OlanderSee all my reviews

Great. Very stylistic in its cinematography and lighting. Condensed and to the bone in its storytelling and editing.

Nice and subtle humour on the background of a highly contemporary story about our unbalanced globe, the hope for freedom and the power of human compassion.

I Truly enjoyed watching a film in which every scene is so carefully and skillfully arranged. This is Kaurismäki at his best working with a great cast and a script stripped of any unnecessary dialogue. The colors and the settings are stunning. There's always a risk that movies like this would come across as to polished or constructed, but from my point of view Kaurismäki strikes a great balance and makes sure that every image adds layers and details to the story.


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