Le Havre (PG)
Starring: André Wilms, Kati Outinen
Whimsical stoicism is the predominant mood of Finnish maverick Aki Kaurismaki, evidenced in this characteristically modest drama about an unlikely friendship.
André Wilms plays Marcel Marx – suggestive name – a former writer who's retired to the port city of Le Havre and taken up as a humble shoe-shine. When fate throws into his path a young refugee from Africa named Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) Marcel feels driven to help, though he's also distracted by the serious illness of his wife Arletty (Kati Outinen). Kaurismaki's signature style of tableaux vivants, in which the actors seem to hold their poses a few seconds longer than necessary, is very much in evidence, though deployed in a plot of surprising triteness. Only in the character of an enigmatic police inspector do we sense the director's engagement with something more complex than a rousing "we are the world".
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Crystal meth addict 'gouged out his eyes and ate them' while high on drug, Australian MP claims
- 2 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 3 The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
- 4 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 5 Toddler throws a tantrum at the White House – in front of Barack Obama
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland