Le Havre


An African boy arrives in Le Havre and an ageing shoe-shiner takes pity on him.

Relocating the comic mojo that went astray in 2007’s bleak Lights In The Dusk, Aki Kaurismäki’s latest is a deliciously deadpan fable steeped in his usual empathy for the underdog and amour for French cinema.

Set in the eponymous port, it tells of an ageing shoe-shiner (André Wilms) who takes a young refugee under his wing and conspires to sneak him to England.

The plot is slim but this just offers more opportunity to savour the spry dry wit, Timo Salminen’s shot compositions and the fascinating physiognomies of the seasoned ensemble cast.

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