Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, January 13, 2012 – Sunday, January 22, 2012

 Detroit Film Theatre

(Finland/France/2011directed by Aki Kaurismäki)

In a small town in Normandy, an aging shoe-shiner, Marcel, (Andre Wilms), creates a temporary safe haven for an illegal immigrant, (Blondin Miguel). He tries to finance a trip that will enable the boy to get to his family in London, though all the while, Marcel has a canny and highly suspicious inspector (the amazing Jean-Pierre Darroussin) breathing down his neck, and the anxiety of an ailing wife (The Man Without a Past's Kati Outinen), all ultimately posing the question: can an act of human kindness help to cure a loved one? All the trademark touches of Finland's great Aki Kaurismäki (Leningrad Cowboys, The Little Match Girl) shine through in his wonderfully tender new film Le Havre: the sly, deadpan humor, comically stark production design, and unlikely friendships that walk the delicate balance between comedy and genuine emotion. In French and Finnish with English subtitles. (103 min.)

"Hilarious, humane and moving... a big sweeping tribute to classic films that is deeply touching and refreshingly new. Unlike any comedy you're likely to see, this is easily one of Kaurismäki's best films, and the biggest, most rousing crowd-pleaser at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival." IndieWire

Friday and Saturday, January 13 and 14, at 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 15 at 2:00 PM

Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21 at 9:30 PM

Sunday, January 22 at 4:30 PM