In the French harbor city of Le Havre, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa into the path of Marcel Marx, 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.
There’s a touch of Jacques Tati to this portrait of the titular port town, in which Aki Kaurismäki returns to France for a sunny and socially minded utopian parable. Drawing together an unlikely duo—a shoe shiner and a newly-arrived illegal immigrant—Le Havre is a warmly generous human comedy.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Michel Gondry, 2008, United States
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria