IFFR 2012: Le Havre
Movie: Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki, FR/FI/DE 2011, 93 min.)
Date: Jan 28, 2012
(typical festival feel-good movie with nice characters and some sweet wackiness. oh, also A Message.)
Plot: A shoe-shiner in the port city of Le Havre decides to help out a young illegal immigrant, while his adoring wife is in hospital for Treatment.
Cast: All-round great cast; funny and strong performances.
Visuals: Sometimes a bit stylized, sometimes deliberately just a bit rough around the edges. Very nice and soothing.
Conclusion: It’s a sweet story, very straight line of events, predictable, but never annoyingly so. The dialogue is sometimes very wooden in a weird and funny way, but it fits the whole anachronistic set up of the movie (seems to be set in the late 50s with mention of Al-Queda).
You get a Happy Ending, a Warm Feeling Inside with a side dish of Maybe We Should Look At How We Treat Illegal Immigrants.
Perfect Festival Material.