Worth Watching: Full Festival Trailer for Aki Kaurismäki's 'Le Havre'

August 23, 2011
Source: YouTube

Le Havre Trailer

If you're going to the Toronto Film Fest next month or want to check out a wonderful French film coming up, then check out this early festival trailer for Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre, as posted on YouTube by TIFF (via The Playlist). This charming drama, with a fairly comedic tone, stars André Wilms as Marcel Marx, a shoe-shiner living in the port city of Le Havre who befriends a young African illegal immigrant trying to get to England. There's a local police inspector right out of the 70's in the flick and it's quite a heartwarming story, which is why I suggest seeing it. I saw this in Cannes and enjoyed it quite a bit, highly recommended.

Watch the official TIFF trailer for Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre, via YouTube:

A story about a shoe shiner who tries to save a refugee. La Havre, which is also the name of the French city this is set in, is written and directed by award winning Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki, of numerous films including Crime and Punishment, Shadows in Paradise, The Match Factory Girl, La Vie de Bohème, Drifting Clouds, Juha, The Man Without a Past and Lights in the Dusk previously. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May this year, where it did not win any awards, but was highly praised by critics. La Havre will also be showing at the Toronto Film Festival next month. Worth seeing if you're there! Anyone?

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Looks like a great watch...   I'm in.

Salvin on Aug 23, 2011


Although Kaurismäki is a Finnish director, I was surprised to see so many Finnish actors in this. Since it's basically a French film. Looks interesting though.

Darius6 on Aug 23, 2011


le havre - been through it so many times - quite a run down old place though 🙁

Dom on Aug 24, 2011


Will be eyefeasting on this cinefilm. Looks funny and sad in the right kindo measure, more funny I think.

Crapola on Aug 24, 2011

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