7.2/10
17,838
43 user 207 critic

Le Havre (2011)

Trailer
2:14 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
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.

Director:

Aki Kaurismäki

Writer:

Aki Kaurismäki
15 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or ... See full summary »

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Annikki Tähti
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The recession hits a couple in Helsinki.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Kati Outinen, Kari Väänänen, Elina Salo
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Helsinki, a lonely night watchman is caught up in a series of misadventures with a femme fatale and a crooked businessman.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Janne Hyytiäinen, Maria Järvenhelmi, Maria Heiskanen
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Tommi Korpela, Ville Virtanen, Dome Karukoski
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Three struggling artists try to make passable livings in Paris despite knock backs and tragedies.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Evelyne Didi, André Wilms
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A woman's terribly dull life is upended by a one-night stand pregnancy, causing her to seek retribution.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Esko Nikkari
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide, but can't go through with it, so he hires a contract killer in a seedy bar to ... See full summary »

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Margi Clarke, Kenneth Colley
Ariel (1988)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A Finnish man goes to the city to find a job after the mine where he worked is closed and his father commits suicide.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Turo Pajala, Susanna Haavisto, Matti Pellonpää
Juha (1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A farmer's wife is seduced into running away from her stolid older husband by a city slicker, who enslaves her in a brothel.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Sakari Kuosmanen, Kati Outinen, André Wilms
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An episode in the life of Nikander, a garbage man, involving the death of a coworker, a love affair and much more.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Kati Outinen, Sakari Kuosmanen
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Lugubrious Finns Valto and Reino take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living. But their reveries are interrupted by the arrival of ... See full summary »

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Kati Outinen, Matti Pellonpää, Kirsi Tykkyläinen
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Siberian rock band Leningrad Cowboys go to the USA in pursuit of fame.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Kari Väänänen, Sakke Järvenpää
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Finland | France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 September 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Havre See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

€3,850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,363, 23 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$611,709, 15 April 2012
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (SRD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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.
See more »

Connections

Spun-off from La Vie de Bohème (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Chanson du Pavé
Written by Alain Chapelain
Performed by Alain Chapelain
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Charming and delightful, pure optimistic cinema
23 March 2013 | by MoodyB84See all my reviews

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.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 43 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed