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LE HAVRE – Thu 29 November, 8pm

By January 11, 2011August 31st, 2015archive, Season 7 Films

Le Havre

Director: Aki Kaurismäki   |  Finland  |  2011   |  93 mins  |  Cert: PG

Starring: André Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel, Elina Salo

Language: French

Marcel Marx, an aging bohemian artist has retreated to the French port of Le Havre and taken up work as a shoeshine man — a profession with a limited future, as everyone seems to be wearing running shoes. One day, Marcel befriends Idrissa, a young African immigrant hoping to make his way to England in a shipping container with other illegals. Marcel is determined to extend a helping hand to the wide-eyed boy, but the law, in the form of Inspector Monet, is equally determined to stand in his way. An intricate dance of hide-and-seek ensues, Marcel using all his ingenuity to hide Idrissa while the nefarious Monet keeps hot on the trail. No other contemporary filmmaker manages to blend deadpan, ironic humour with social commentary in quite the same manner as Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki.Pierre Étaix plays the doctor in Kaurismäki’s film. – Cork French Film Festival 2012

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