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Watch Now! Aki Kaurismaki's Critically Acclaimed Immigration Dramedy "Le Havre"

by Cynthia Reid
February 6, 2012 7:31 PM
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Since it's debut at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the dramedy film Le Havre is a flick S&A has closely watched.  It's been well received on the festival circuit, receiving numerous award nominations, and now you can watch it free courtesy of Hulu.

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki, Blondin Miguel, who plays the young immigrant, stars alongside Andre Wilms and Kati Outinen.

Here's a description of the film:

"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 Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight."

If you'll recall...Kaurismäki has said that, with the film, he wanted to address what he feels is a lack of European films that deal with the worsening global financial, political and moral crises that have collectively led to increasing numbers of African refugees trying to make their way into the EU, and the often inhumane treatment they experience when they arrive.

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  • AccidentalVisitor | February 6, 2012 7:46 PMReply

    Great. I paid money to see this in the theaters during December when I could have waited to see it for free. :)

    Lovely film but I think it is fair to say it does not play up the trully horrific conditions that some of those immigrants face. It is not that type of movie. It is more on the sweet, feel-good side of the aisle.

  • ska7triumph | February 7, 2012 12:51 PM

    Agreed on your second point; however, just from knowing the filmmaker's previous work and the tone emitting from the trailer - I saw it in December, in NYC (IFC Center) - I knew it wouldn't truly get into the horrors of African immigrants. It's sweet and oddly touching for sure; much more about the man's story than the boy's.

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