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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Le Havre by Aki Kaurismäki, 2011

with André Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel, Elina Salo, Evelyne Didi

This comedic drama relates the poignant tale of a young immigrant African boy arriving destitute in the French port of Le Havre, where he's eventually taken under the wing of a former Bohemian writer who now chooses to shine shoes for a living.

Strangest movie I've watched in a while. The actors are overacting, in a peculiar rhythm, as if they were told at the moment sentences they couldn't understand. The movie is extremely slow, to the point that you need to tell yourself to slow down your own pulse to be able to stand it. But on the other hand, as the story unravels, it becomes more and more obvious that this is a style, and the story is much more than the joke you can make about the moments. It is full of those details that create a confusion on whether this story is at the present time, or staged twenty years ago, or after ww2. The characters are full of this humanity that is beautifully simple, it is a great experience of discovery.


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