Le Havre

2011 Comedy

Aki Kaurismaki's La Havre stars Andre Wilms as Marcel, a free-spirited, good-natured writer who is currently making a living as a shoeshiner. He meets Idrissa (Blondin Miguel, an African refugee and helps the young man hide from officials who want him deported., Meanwhile, Marcel's loving wife suffers from a serious illness.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki

Starring: André Wilms, Elina Salo,Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel, Kati Outinen


  • This movie is as lovable as a silent comedy, which it could have been.

    Roger Ebert - The Chicago Sun-Times

    26 April 2013

  • 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.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly

    26 April 2013

  • 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.

    Ann Hornaday - The Washington Post

    26 April 2013

  • Buster Keaton isn't dead, he's alive and well in Finland, where under a new identity he pursues his own particular brand of deadpan absurdism to wonderful effect. If the name Aki Kaurismäki doesn't mean anything to you, it should, and Le Havre may be the film to make it happen.

    Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times

    26 April 2013

  • Le Havre proceeds from the usual Kaurismäkian premise: Things are only going to get worse, so why not just go with it?

    Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline

    26 April 2013


  • Best Foreign Language Film

    Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (2012)

  • Competition

    Cannes Film Festival (2011)

  • Best International Feature

    Chicago International Film Festival (2011)

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Chlotrudis Awards (2012)

  • Best Foreign Language Film (Nejlepsí zahranicní film)

    Czech Lions (2013)