• Released
  • October 21, 2011
  • (Limited 10/21)
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • Art House/Foreign
Le Havre Synopsis
A shoeshiner tries to save a refugee.
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Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
Le Havre is a playful parable that conveys profound truths about compassion, humility and sacrifice. It offers proof that miracles do...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Le Havre, offers the director's usual humour, pitch-perfect acting and compassionate message, with a Gallic twist that should win new...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The setting is somewhere between a post-WWII Brigadoon and the environs of Marcel Carn classic "Children of Paradise," but the story is as...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This movie is as lovable as a silent comedy, which it could have been.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
Le Havre proceeds from the usual Kaurismäkian premise: Things are only going to get worse, so why not just go with it?
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The achievement of this movie is that Kaurismäki manages the seemingly impossible task of making a farce about farces. In other words, this...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Does Kaurismaki believe in his own fairy tale? The movie, a humble delight, suggests the answer is yes.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Le Havre stands on its own fragile but considerable merits.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Kaurismäki stalwart Kati Outinen, as the old man's silent and ailing wife, is the key to the movie, even though she appears only...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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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Sounds like SoCal to me

By Jake_Gittes
I don't want to spoil anything, but I've got to quibble with the descriptions that say "Marcel stands up to officials...." Yes, "Le Harve" tells a story like "The Visitor" or "Frozen River" in which...

By jayvray