Le Havre (2011)
Critic Consensus: Aki Kaurismäki's deadpan wit hits a graceful note with Le Havre, a comedy/drama that's sweet, sad, and uplifting in equal measure.
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Critic Reviews for Le Havre
We are so held by the film's impact that its ending, surprise or not, is like a bonus.
Endearingly quirky, just this side of precious, but so warm and deftly executed that you go along with it.
"Le Havre" is easily the most humanist, generous and hopeful movie in recent memory.
Kaurismäki returns with another of his deadpan comedies, reminiscent of the great silent comedians, though this one is arguably one of his gentlest as well.
Audience Reviews for Le Havre
I liked the premise of this film, and it definitely had its moments, but overall, unfortunately, I found it kind of boring. Had the characters had a little more charm I think it could have been great, but I just didn't get behind them (your mileage may vary). Will check out other Kaurismaki films, though.
'Le Havre'. A whimsical, feel good tale with a very quirky look, direction and set of characters.
Even if not special or memorable, this is an enjoyable film that invests well in a theatrical tone to tell a simple story. A comedic drama that makes curious use of a fable-like illumination and affected performances to turn a potentially dense drama into a light, funny experience.
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