Le Havre

Synopsis: A dock worker in Le Havre hears a human sound inside one of the containers in port, that container which left Gabon three weeks ago and which was supposed to arrive in London five days after its departure from Gabon, which didn't happen. The Le Havre police and French border guards find a still alive group of illegal African immigrants inside. On the sign from one of his elders, a young teen boy among the illegal immigrants manages to escape, news of which hits the local media. The first friendly face that boy, Idrissa, encounters is that of former artist now aged shoeshine Marcel Marx. Marcel decides to help Idrissa by hiding him in his house, news which slowly trickles through his community of friends - most of whom he associates with at his local bar - and neighbors, most who assist Marcel in this task. Marcel goes to great lengths to find out Idrissa's story, which leads to Marcel's further task of trying to get Idrissa to London, his original end destination. The one neighbor who
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Aki Kaurismäki
Production: Janus Films
  15 wins & 32 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min


Poor devil.

Luckily he had time to pay.

Better go, they'll blame me anyway.

The evening train?

Of course. Money moves in the shadows.

Enough. I called the police.

But we're colleagues!

Get going!


Please come in.

I regret the trouble.

Fine cauliflowers.

I'd like this one.


You little gangster.

Oh Yvette, you were in.

Your bill's long

like the Congo River.

I'm your best customer.

When will you pay?

When I inherit. But don't tell my wife.

I'm the man of the house. Excuse me.

- Closed.

- I see your feet.

Impossible, I'm upstairs.

I'd buy something.

Good night!

Evening, Laika.

I'm home.

I notice that.

You've been busy today.

It's my nature.

I don't know how to be idle.

I'll prepare the dinner

but you've time for an aperitif.

Don't spend it all.

I'll take the dog.

She can carry the change home.

His name's Gerard Lenormand

not Lebreton.

Amusing. You talk about a name,

but it's a culture.

- Brittany is a culture.

- No.

What culture?

You think Mont Saint-Michel

is in Brittany.

It is in Brittany.

It's Le Couesnon.

It's a fact.

You know, back home in Alsace.

Enough about Alsace.

Fine ducks there.

What you talking about?

That's heresy!

I'll go earn my pension.

Really tough to wake up at 4 am.

A pleasant fellow.

How's Arletty?

Fine. She's preparing dinner

and drove me out.

You don't deserve such a good wife.

You're not worth her.

No one is, so I'll do.

She's protective

and couldn't watch me lie in the gutter,

a man in his prime.

Foreigners see bums

in a considerably

more romantic light

than we French.

You're not too polite.

Her first husband was violent

and an athlete.

Care for another?

There's still time for one.

You're listening to Reality Radio:

Difficult Choices.

We talk about dishwashers.

Our guest is Annette Verdoux

from Electroflash.

Good evening.

This affects five million consumers.

How long does a dishwasher last?

Recent studies show that

their lives are being

deliberately shortened...

Won't you eat?

I visited Florence today.

She had a pot of cassoulet.

- What is it?

- More living dead.

The container was shipped

three weeks ago

from Libreville in Gabon

to London.

Was supposed to take five days.

Been here two days.

- A computer error.

- Probably in Paris.

Inspector Monet, Le Havre.

You heard voices inside?

More like a child crying.

Baltic Queen.

Wasn't she scrapped?

This is number two.

Former Honolulu Star.

What d'you think?

If they've had water and oxygen,

with luck...

Is that necessary?

Ministry of Interior's orders.

The Red Cross.

How are you, Madam?

And the child?

Ti red.

Are you mad? A child.

"Missing line"




Salut, Marcel, a va?

- Caught any?

- No. Dry as the Gobi.

Eskimos have robbed everything.

Greedy devils.

See you later.

Is this London?

You want there? The other side.

This is Le Havre, in Normandy.

Are you hungry?

Get up here.

Could be a pensioner's Metro card.

No Metro in Le Havre. Papers.

A black boy

has been seen here.

He needs care.

So you always say.

I've seen no one.

Beat it.

Don't forget your lunch.

Nothing here.

This morning, ruthlessly

and Without Warning

Le Jungle was destroyed.

Migrants regrouped behind banderols.

No Border activists and the police

clashed violently.

Two groups were formed:

underage youths, and adults.

No solution is proposed.

Just like with the earlier camp,

nothing but the press releases

were prepared.

Migrants, activists and

the journalists Waited.

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Aki Kaurismäki

Aki Olavi Kaurismäki (Finnish: [ˈɑki ˈkɑurismæki] ( listen); born 4 April 1957) is a Finnish screenwriter and film director. He is described as Finland’s best-known film director. more…

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