Le Havre @ The Flicks 1 + 2
(93, comedy, drama, French with English subtitles)
This movie is a sweet, lightly intoxicating thing like a small glass of calvados under the wisteria in the evening. With its simplistic plot, clearly defined characters, and inviting setting, this film has all the qualities and characteristics of a great short film– if you don’t count its feature-length runtime.
Rarely do films combine comedy with drama in such a natural, uncontrived way. With this film, director Aki Kaurismäki proves to be one of the few working directors able to pull off a mixture of dark, ironic, and deadpan humor while maintaining the same upbeat, cheerful, and optimistic tone throughout the entire film.
Le Havre is something refreshingly different, for a change. Pure cinema with a great touch of subtle humor.