A great movie with some great life messages. The use of color and cinematography were exceptional. Little Bob is truly a gem to be shared with the rest of the world.
In a world gone mad, this is a little glimmer of hope. Little Bob should run for office. VIVA LA PARIS!!!!!
Talk about a low budget movie, this felt like a French soap opera. Nothing great here, expected more.
I wasn't looking for a feel good movie but found this. It was lovely to see the lead character do what needed to be done for the young boy although it took him great effort, time and courage. It was also great to see an older person who wasn't worn down by life and embittered. There are a lot of horrible events happening in the world but at the same time it is people like Marcel kind and unselfish of heart who make the world a better place and give the innocent a chance at life.
A wry, sweet film set in the title port city and directed by the Finnish Aki Kaurismaki, who also did "Leningrad Cowboys Go West." It tackles immigration, aging and illness without being sentimental or didactic, which is hard to do. Contrary to another commentator, I wouldn't describe this as "melodramatic," but rather understated and observant. This is a 2-disc set released by Criterion.
Really enjoyed this movie
A melodramatic story about a poor French shoeshine man's efforts to help an illegal Nigerian immigrant youth to escape from the French port of Le Havre across the English Channel to London. The plot might have been improved by substituting a bank robbery for the cheesy fund-raising rock concert; and the wife's death (rather than miraculous recovery) might have balanced the continuation of life signified by the youth's successful flight to England.
What a beautiful fairy tail of people who become heroes by solidarity!
"Le Havre" tells the story of a shoe polisher named Marcel who lives with his wife named Arletty, who is often seen staying at home. Meanwhile a refugee from Africa (later revealed to be named Idrissa) runs away and this event is caught all over the news. Because of this, an inspector sets out to look for Idrissa, yet Idrissa later ends up in the residence of Marcel. Marcel decides to let Idrissa stay with him, and tries to keep him in hiding with the help of friends, until he can find a way to help Idrissa reach a certain goal...
My thoughts were that it was a very interesting film, and it’s nice to see a film that has been made in somewhere other than America for once. I also liked how the characters film weren‘t typically young and attractive. What I found heartwarming about the film as well was the relationships between the protagonist (Marcel) and his friends and Arletty, and including the refugee (Idrissa). However, my only qualms with the movie was how at times things seemed very confusing or it seemed as if certain situations came out of nowhere (either that or I wasn’t really paying too much attention), yet it generally stuck with the main story. Finally, what I’ve appreciated was the fact that the film showed a realistic setting and realistic situations. I recommend this film towards elder teen to adult audiences (and those who can speak French fluently!)
Wonderful film. Shot with a deliberate, sincere pace and resembling the French films of the 50s and 60s. This is a gem.
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