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.

Movie Info

In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoeshiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Aki Kaurismäki
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 31, 2012
Box Office: $0.6M
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as Marcel Marx

as Arletty

as Claire

as Laika

as Little Bob

as Doctor Becker
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Critic Reviews for Le Havre

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (30)

We are so held by the film's impact that its ending, surprise or not, is like a bonus.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Endearingly quirky, just this side of precious, but so warm and deftly executed that you go along with it.

Full Review… | March 7, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Overly sentimental but warmhearted Marxist message pic.

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

Le Havre is presented as an oasis of happy inclusiveness within a regimented, uniformed, legislated and suspicious world at large; to spend time here is a pleasure.

Full Review… | April 16, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Kaurismäki turns his affectionate, whimsical eye on the impoverished but generous folk of a run-down, waterfront community in the Normandy port of Le Havre.

Full Review… | April 7, 2012
Observer [UK]

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.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


'Le Havre'. A whimsical, feel good tale with a very quirky look, direction and set of characters.


Super Reviewer


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.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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