Le Havre (PG)
In this gentle, heartwarming story, fate throws Idrissa, a young African refugee, into the path of Marcel, a kindly old bohemian who shines shoes for a living in the French harbor city of Le Havre. Marcel, a former bohemian and struggling author, has given up his literary ambitions and become a shoe shiner. He leads a simple life that revolves around his wife Arletty, his favourite bar and his poorly paid job. One day, while fishing, Marcel sees Idrissa, who has escaped from a container full of refugees and is now on the run. Marcel, his neighbors and other townspeople decided to help to hide him from the police and immigration officials even though the local police inspector may be hot on their heels.
A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic French cinema of the past, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight and one of Aki Kaurismäki’s finest films.
Friday, March 10th 2017
Doors open at 7.30pm
Film starts at 8pm
Upstairs@The Town Hall,
Llangollen Town Hall,
Castle Street, Llangollen
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Running time: 1 hour 33 minutes
French with English subtitles
“It has immense, minor-key charm, and Kaurismaki’s understated deadpan wit is never far from the surface.” Daily Telegraph
“Le Havre’ still emerges as a simple, hopeful and nostalgic portrait of an essentially good ommunity.” Time Out
“Le Havre” is warm-hearted and uplifting, without being schmaltzy or preachy. And, with its illegal-alien theme, it’s dead-on timely.” New York Post
“A humanist hug of a fable, which concludes that while big miracles may happen, it’s the everyday ‘miracles’ people create for one another that really count.” Eye for Film