Excerpt: Master of black comedy and the absurd, Aki Kaurismäki delivers again. As usual the story is quite improbable, absurd even in its detail, but heart warming in its concept. Kaurismäki does not even speak French yet produces this delightful film in partnership with several outstanding French actors. The police inspector is classic Kaurismäki, with his straight face and sinister appearance. Most Kaurismäki films have an element of loss, despair and tragedy but not this one.
Summary: Written and directed by Finland's Aki Kaurismaki, who is known for his use of low-key acting and simple story-telling. LE HAVRE definitely has both, and manages to focus on hope, solidarity and kindness while telling a sad yet common story of refugee. It is definitely a fantasy, and a charming and quirky one at that, full of references and winks to the old European cinema.
Summary: It's really hard to place this movie given that it has subtle black humor mingled with quirky, a very real drama, then absurd, and patches of a love story. As we left the theatre and walked out through the theatre, down the escalator and out onto the street you could hear the usual chatter from movie goers. What was different was the regular outbursts of laughter as you remembered another absurd quirky moment of comedy.
Summary: Oder: Kafka als Gutenachtlektüre High Noon In der französischen Hafenstadt Le Havre fängt die Polizei unter der Leitung des melancholischen Kommissars Monet (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) eine Gruppe afrikanischer Flüchtlinge ab. Ein Junge, Idrissa (Blondin Miguel), kann jedoch fliehen. Eigentlich hätte er nach London gehen wollen, zu Verwandten. Doch unterwegs sind seine Eltern gestorben, und statt in der englischen Hauptstadt ist er nun hier gelandet.