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HAVRE, LE (Not Rated)

English with English subtitles

In this warm-hearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (newcomer Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoe-shiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering solidarity of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. Made in French by acclaimed Finnish writer/director Aki Kaurismäki (Lights in the Dusk, The Man Without a Past, The Match Factory Girl, Leningrad Cowboys Go America), who was inspired by the continuing financial, political and moral crisis that has resulted from the irregular, often substandard treatment of refugees trying to find their way into the European Union from abroad. Finland's official entry to the 2012 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film consideration. Winner of the International Film Critics Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best International Film Award at the Munich Film Festival.