LE HAVRE

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MAST D: Aki Kau­ris­mäki w/ An­dré Wilms, Kati Ou­ti­nen. Fin­land. 93 min. Sep 8, 9: 30 pm Visa Screen­ing Room (El­gin); Sep 9, 1 pm Jack­man Hall ( AGO) Rat­ing: NNN Good- hearted bo­hemian Mar­cel ( Wilms) works shin­ing shoes in the port city of Le Havre, and times are very tough. But he’s well loved by his friends, neigh­bours and es­pe­cially his wife (Ou­ti­nen), who is gravely ill, un­be­knownst to Mar­cel.

When he de­cides to help an illegal refugee, he must en­gage the sup­port of his friends and ig­ure out a way to elude a very dogged po­lice in­spec­tor ( Jean- Pierre Dar­roussin).

This fairy tail from the Fin­nish di­rec­tor doesn’t ooze irony like his other movies, but it ex­pertly evokes its tit­u­lar lo­ca­tion and has many quiet plea­sures, chief among them its deft per­for­mances.

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