2011. Finland/France/Germany. Aki Kaurismäki. 93 min.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2011. Finland/France/Germany. Directed by Aki Kaurismäki. With Blondin Miguel, André Wilms, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kati Outinen. In what is surely the most heartwarming comedy of the year, Kaurismäki, the Finnish master of deadpan noir, offers a brilliant contemporary reworking of Marcel Carné’s poetic realist melodrama Quai des brumes (1938), Julien Duvivier’s La Belle Equipe (1936), and other films of the French Popular Front, by way of Renoir, Chaplin, and Tati. In the harbor city of Le Havre, a young African refugee is dogged by the authorities for deportation, and seeks the protection of an aging shoeshiner and other neighborly souls. Bathed in a warm and beckoning light, Kaurismäki’s fairy tale offers a beacon for those who flee danger and impoverishment yet face an uncertain future. Courtesy Janus Films. In French; English subtitles. 93 min.