Sharmill Films

Le Havre

The new French feature by legendary filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki

Le Havre follows Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a former author who has retreated into a voluntary exile in the port city of Le Havre to become a shoe-shiner. Marx’s life takes an interesting turn when fate suddenly throws in his path an underage immigrant refugee from Africa.

Le Havre features a principally French cast, including André Wilms, Jean-Pierre Daroussin and Jean-Pierre Léaud, as well as Kaurismäki regular Kati Outinen and newcomer Blondin Miguel.

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Country of Origin: Finland/France/Germany
Language: French w/ English subtitles
Duration: 93 minutes
Rating: PG
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Starring: André Wilms, Jean-Pierre Daroussin, Kati Outinen, Blondin Miguel, Jean-Pierre Léaud
Australian release: March 29  2012

REVIEWS

4 1/2 stars – David Stratton, At the Movies

4 stars – Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies

‘It embraces you, and you want to hug back‘ – Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies

4 stars – Jake Wilson, The Age

4 stars – Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald

4 stars – Who Weekly

‘New Kaurismäki is a cracker…superbly staged and composed and boasting a marvellous cast’ – Screen International

‘A total treat…Le Havre is a joy’ – Jonathan Romney, The Independent on Sunday

‘An intensely loveable film’ – Peter Bradshow, The Guardian

I loved Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre…a kind of faux-naif enchantment, a magical madness, the screen equivalent of a Chagall painting’ – Nigel Andrews, Financial Times

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