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Watch: Cannes Clips From Aki Kaurismaki's 'Le Havre' & French Police Pic 'Polisse'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist May 9, 2011 at 11:08AM

Yep, more glimpses and peeks at some of the films playing Cannes which kicks off of Wednesday, so let's get right to it, shall we?
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Yep, more glimpses and peeks at some of the films playing Cannes which kicks off of Wednesday, so let's get right to it, shall we?

Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki will be unveiling his latest effort "Le Havre" and it looks be another deeply human portrait from the helmer. The film tells the story of Marcel Marx, an author who has retreated into exile in the titular port where he shines shoes and has given up on writing his breakthrough novel. It's there where he crosses paths with an underage immigrant refugee from Africa all while caring for his seriously ill and bedridden wife. Dead pan is usually the name of the game with Kaurismaki and it's here in spades. The director will be hoping to repeat the success of "The Man Without A Past" which took home the Grand Prix and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes in 2002.

Next up is the clearly named "Polisse" by French helmer Maïwenn Le Besco (that's Maïwenn to you). The film chronicles the work of the undersung Juvenile Protection Unit in the police department that comes under harder scrutiny when a photographer on a Ministry of the Interior is asssigned to document the unit. As the clip below reveals, the frustrations of the department are not being heard.

This article is related to: Foreign Films, Polisse, Le Havre


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