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3,380 Ratings

Le Havre

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Finland, France, 2011
Comedy, Drama


In the French harbor city of Le Havre, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa into the path of Marcel Marx, a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoe-shiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation.

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Le Havre Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2011 | 2 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize

2011 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Locarno International Film Festival

2011 | Winner: Best Actress (Swiss Critics Boccalino Award)

I really like how Aki Kaurismäki manages to create in the viewer such a strong sense of warmth and emotional involvement by subtracting the classical elements that one would associate with that expression of feeling. He manages to capture mankind in a brilliant way with just one shot or one gesture that opens an entire backstory of a character.
December 03, 2018
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If the fusion is so expert, so unassuming in its cohesion, that he risks translating his message to more casual viewers, then the inherent power of the filmmaking carries that much more potential to quietly stun those attuned to its utopian underpinnings and universal displays of humanity.
August 02, 2012
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Kaurismäki uses cinema to envision a world in which the love of humanity overcomes borders, even the one between life and death.
July 31, 2012
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