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Courtesy of Janus Films

Law Building, Lower Level
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Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

2011, in French with English subtitles

Finland/France/Germany

103 minutes

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MFAH film faithful will remember seeing prior films by iconoclastic Finn Aki Kaurismäki, including Ariel, Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses, I Hired a Contract Killer, and The Match Factory Girl. His latest film is 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 shoe shiner. 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 Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight.