Going home again seems to be a theme this year, perhaps reflecting the general global malaise, not to mention the worldwide displacement of peoples. Indeed, Aki Kaurismaki's film focuses on the furor over immigration. Set in the eponymous city Le Havre on the Normandy coast, the film focuses on a former writer who now gets by shining shoes, a step downward that many can relate to. While his wife is in the hospital after keeling over cooking him dinner (another resonant moment), he encounters a young African refugee on the run from the authorities and helps him find his family. Le Havre reflects the deadpan humor and overall quirkiness that have made Kaurismaki an international favorite. Played this year's Cannes, New York, and Toronto film festivals.
"This is not a film that takes sides or offers solutions to the refugee problems facing the world. All the writer-director presents is a tender, warm embrace to those who find themselves rootless. Le Havre offers them and moviegoers an enchanted port in the storm, a cinematic refuge from real life where good intentions are enough." --Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
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