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Movie Review: Le Havre

The Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki is a kind of dour deadpan genius,and if Le Havre isn’t quite as funny as his previous work, it’s no lesscharming.

Genre: Comedy

Director: Aki Kaurismaki

Stars: Andrew Wilms, Kati Outinen

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The Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki is a kind of dour deadpan genius, and if Le Havre isn’t quite as funny as his previous work, it’s no less charming.

Set in a French port city shot and lit to look like a Hollywood backlot, the film concerns a kind old shoe shine man (Andre Wilms) who becomes the guardian of a foreign-born orphan; as the community rallies around a vulnerable outsider, Kaurismaki crafts a utopian portrait of an inclusive, generous European society.

The climax, set at a benefit concert featuring a wizened local rock and roller, is ecstatic and hilarious.

 
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