Conclusion: Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's Le Havre is one of the year's best films. It is a beautiful modern fairy tale with a deeply humanistic message which pays tribute to classic French cinema.
Conclusion: I couldn't help but smile when 'Le Havre' was over. It was a pleasure to watch and a pleasure to think about afterward. Far too few movies fall into a category like that. In a world filled with pessimism and snark, it's great to see a little movie like this that shines a spotlight on the...
Excerpt: Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki has largely been making variations on the same movie for more than three decades. (With some exceptions: most notably, 1990’s The Match Factory Girl , an utterly chilling, Medea-like story of revenge, and not coincidentally, one of his strongest effects by far.
Summary: Aki Kaurismäki is one of Finland’s finest writer / directors – a master of the absurd with films like Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989); Hamlet Goes Business (1987) and Drifting Clouds (1996).
Excerpt: The simplicity of this movie is material to why it will be enjoyed. It is warm hearted and unpretentious. Layers of difficult socio-political issues are pared back to create a story that humanises the plight of immigrants without visas.