SLIFF: Le Havre


Sat, Nov 10th, 2012 2:00 pm
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SLIFF: Le Havre

Acclaimed Finnish director Kaurismaki (“The Man Without a Past,” “Floating Clouds”) sketches a warmhearted portrait of the titular French harbor city, offering a political fairytale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Marcel Carné. In the film, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa into the path of Marcel Marx, a well-spoken bohemian who works shining shoes. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A charming, deadpan delight, “Le Havre” won both the FIPRESCI critics prize and the Special Mention Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. “Combining his clownish storytelling with a life-affirming plot,” writes IndieWire, “Kaurismaki churns a fundamental scenario through his own unique narrative tendencies, yielding a product both heartwarming and irreverent.”











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