(Aki Kaurismäki, France/Finland 2011, 93 min., French w/subtitles)
The Films of Aki Kaurismäki. In the French port city of Le Havre, Marcel Marx (André Wilms) is a high-spirited, bohemian shoe shiner who enjoys a glass of wine or two at his favorite bar before returning home to his lovely wife and dog. When his wife falls ill and a young African immigrant shows up at his door, however, the previously blasé Marcel enlists the help of his working-class community to shepherd the boy to London, hoping for a miracle. A political fairy tale for Sarkozy’s France that blends influences from Tati, Melville, and Carné with Kaurismäki’s trademark humor and bold cinematography, Le Havre is a warm, humanist delight.