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.