By Cynthia Reid | Shadow and Act February 6, 2012 at 7:31PM
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.