Le Havre
 
 

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki, Finland 2011
93 mins. French dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : FILM CRITICS' PRIZE AT 2011 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 
Affectionate, whimsical portrait of impoverished but generous folk of a run-down waterfront who take in a boy stowaway from Congo.  A love letter to France and French cinema from the Finnish master of deadpan humour. Kaurismäki envisions it as the first installment in a trilogy about life in port cities. His ambition is to make follow-ups set in Spain and Germany, shot in the local languages.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"I was on cloud nine throughout the film: that place of Technicolored rapture where Kaurismäki fans dwell, and where past, present and oneiric future are rolled celestially into one."  (Nigel Andrews - Financial Times)