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Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki (2011)

Le HavreBeautiful to look at and sweetly sad in that echt-French way which probably has almost nothing to do with contemporary France and may well drive French people crazy. There are references to al-Qaeda and the very real refugee encampments along the French coast, so you think it’s contemporary, but everything else from the clothes to the cars to the attitudes seems to be set in maybe 1963. Anyway, it’s charming and efficient and it posits that people are basically generous and good, go see it and enjoy your holiday from reality.

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