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Le Havre is a playful parable that conveys profound truths about compassion, humility and sacrifice. It offers proof that miracles do happen - especially in Kaurismaki's lyrically hardscrabble neighborhood. Read full review
Le Havre, offers the director's usual humour, pitch-perfect acting and compassionate message, with a Gallic twist that should win new converts. Read full review
The setting is somewhere between a post-WWII Brigadoon and the environs of Marcel Carn classic "Children of Paradise," but the story is as timely as this morning's news from Europe. Read full review
This movie is as lovable as a silent comedy, which it could have been. Read full review
Le Havre proceeds from the usual Kaurismäkian premise: Things are only going to get worse, so why not just go with it? Read full review
The achievement of this movie is that Kaurismäki manages the seemingly impossible task of making a farce about farces. In other words, this is a very good movie in quotation marks and a very good movie. Read full review
Does Kaurismaki believe in his own fairy tale? The movie, a humble delight, suggests the answer is yes. Read full review
Le Havre stands on its own fragile but considerable merits. Read full review
Kaurismäki stalwart Kati Outinen, as the old man's silent and ailing wife, is the key to the movie, even though she appears only sporadically. Something in her timid, understanding and impassive gaze, which is Kaurismäki's gaze as well, lets us know that she sees things in the old man that we don't see.
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No one looks at the world quite like Kaurismäki, and his deadpan sentimentality is worth discovery. This is a good place to start.
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