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Le Havre [DVD]

Andre Wilms , Kati Outinen , Aki Kaurismäki    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Andre Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel, Elina Salo
  • Directors: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007QVCK72
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,571 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is one of those feel good films that has something for nearly everyone. It is bout Marcel Marx Andre Wilms (`Europa, Europa' -also excellent), who scratches a living doing shoe shines in the port of Le Havre. He has a coterie of friends, mostly poor, and a doting wife Arletty, who is covering up her illness from him.

One day a runaway illegal immigrant or `irregular' as we now say comes to his attention. Whilst the media portray this boy, Idrissa, as a possible terrorist, Marcel sees a frightened lonely child who needs help. Despite being chased by the police, Marcel takes all the risks he can to help him. The boy's mother is in London and that is where he wants to get, but with no money and no clue of how to do so.

What happens next is both life affirming and heart warming, some may say too much so. However I was swept along by this beautifully paced and told story. The acting is all spot on, and I particularly like the lack of pretty actors, this is a proper slice of life and has a very cosmopolitan attitude to modern day France and its attitude to immigration. We even get a sort of charity gig at one point which is where `Little Bob' comes in and he makes `the Stones' look a bit spritely - God bless him.

Directed and written by Aki Kaurismaki this is one of those films that will leave you with a nice war feeling inside and a desire to see more of his films, which are not prolific enough. So if a bit of Gallic spirit and humour all wrapped up in a feel good factor is your thing then you really can not go wrong with this brilliant piece of cinema.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaurismaki back on song 25 Jun 2012
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
The droll Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki hadn`t made a film since Lights In The Dusk in 2006, and frankly I was having severe withdrawal symptoms. His last couple of films were a tad disappointing, so it`s good to be able to say that he is back at his deadpan best with this touching tale of an elderly man, Marcel, and a young refugee African boy, Idrissa, in the northern French port of the title.
This is a somewhat gentler work than some of Kaurismaki`s other films, though it has the same mixture of a kind of bleak compassion and mordantly dispassionate observation of working-class people in all their flawed, random multifariousness - `Lord, what fools these mortals be`, indeed.
The plot is minimal, but the rewards to be had from this film of modest marvels are many, not least the central performances by the imposing Andre Wilms as Marcel, and Blondin Miguel as the boy. In fact, Wilms is both subtle and unselfishly restrained as the rather reluctant father figure. The ways in which his neighbours aid and abet his efforts are unsentimentally heartening, and often humorous.
It`s a lovely film to look at too. It lingers in the memory more like a play might, with its backstreet setting - as well as forays to the harbour - and scenes in various bars and shops, as Marcel tries to keep the authorities from discovering the boy.
If you like - or love as I do - this director`s films, you`ll fall for this return to form. If only more directors had the uncluttered honesty, unforced humour, and lack of self-importance of Kaurismaki.
Oh, and there`s a brief scene involving an investigator and a pineapple that made me laugh out loud.
Welcome back, Aki!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous film to be watched again and again 11 May 2012
Wonderful, evocative, gritty French film about loyalities and neighbourhoods, about bending the rules and happy endings. You can almost smell the cigarette smoke wafting up from the ashtrays, taste the crispy french bread and savour the sharp dry red wine. The characters are solid, realistic and stoical. It will make you question your own attitude to sterotypes and the immigration 'problems' of France and the UK, and will touch you with its honest, heart-warming story. Even viewing in French with subtitles doesn't take away the pleasure of this film. First rate. I can't wait for it to be out on DVD as I plan to watch it again and again.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming and delightful film 11 Sep 2012
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Le Havre [DVD] I bought this film on the recommendations that I read here on Amazon. What a charming and delightful movie this turned out to be. Full of gentle humour and compassion it showed just how good ordinary people are. There were no car chases, sex scenes, foul language - all of which one tires of in the many inane films turned out these days for supposed entertainment. I will watch the film many times with great enjoyment. If you loved "Kolya" you will enjoy this story too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad story told with humour 27 Mar 2013
The central themes of Le Havre are death, illness, loneliness and illegal immigration into Europe. Despite this, it is one of the most optimistic and humorous (a dry, ironic type) films to have come out of Europe over the past few years.

Without giving too much away, it follows a young boy who arrives in Le Havre from Africa in search of a better life in Europe. He comes across an elderly couple there and the film documents the struggle to escape from the police that the child and the couple endure.

Kaurismaki's script is restrained, witty and moving and the performances humane and believable. An excellent film and Kaurismaki's best to date.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific, feelgood film 27 Oct 2012
By ponyboy
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Writer-director Aki Kaurismaki's latest film Le Havre is a real charmer. A man befriends a young boy, an illegal immigrant who arrives in Le Havre and who is desperate to get to London. The man is going through personal problems of his own - his wife is seriously ill - and he forms a bond with the boy as he tries to help him hide from the law, which is searching for him. The location of the port of Le Havre comes across vividly, and the film has a real charm to it, with gentle humour and an almost fairy-tale clarity. Excellent stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Highly Entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by MICHAEL LOWSLEY-WILLIAMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching, Perceptive, Wryly Comic
This 2011 film written and directed by idiosyncratic Finnish film-maker Aki Kaurismaki is a typically 'off-the-wall’ (largely) dark comedy, but also with a good deal to say about... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent well paced film with great acting and good location
A simple but well acted film which is moving and funny at the same time. Good cast, direction and well worth a watch!
Published 5 months ago by Sam Mummery
2.0 out of 5 stars Story and acting not believable
I decided to watch Le Havre after reading the good reviews and after 10 minutes realised I should have given more credence to the poor reviews. Read more
Published 9 months ago by deltak
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely film!
Really enjoyed this film. It's strange in an Amelie type way, with a really heart warming,feel good story. Photography is beautiful. Would recommend.
Published 13 months ago by Molly
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
I never thought I will write a review but this film is so disappointing. The acting is non existant. It is not worth buying.
Published 16 months ago by E. Robin
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual feelgood movie
A very French film with a touch of humour and a surprising almost fairy-tale ending. I enjoyed the location sequences as I spent some time in Le Havre on a French exchange years... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Barb
1.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity
This is a curious and disappointing film. The production takes the side of illegal immigration and compassionate people who aid it without taking the opportunity to explore the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Trotamundos
3.0 out of 5 stars SLOW
Although I enjoyed the film, it was very slow. What you think will happen, happens. Very obvious ending, bit of a strange one.
Published 18 months ago by Louisec
5.0 out of 5 stars Le Havre
Fantastic film. Loved it. Magical realism might sum up the genre. It has unexpected humour and is altogether a delightful film.
Published 18 months ago by Wendy
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