Le Havre
Filmfest 2011

CLOSING FILM Marcel Marx, a former author and well-known Bohemian, has retreated into a voluntary exile in the port city of Le Havre, where he feels he reached a closer rapport with the people, serving them in the occupation of the honourable, but not too profitable, shoe-shiner. He has buried his dreams of a literary breakthrough and lives happily within the triangle of his favorite bar, his work, and his wife Arietty, when fate suddenly throws in his path an underage immigrant from darkest Africa. As Arietty gets seriously ill and becomes bedridden, Marcel has to rise against the cold wall of indifference with his only weapons: innate optimism and the solidarity of the people in his quarter. Against him, however, stands the whole blind machinery of the Western legal system, here represented by the dragnet of the police, drawing closer, moment by moment, around the refugee boy. It’s time for Marcel to polish his shoes and show his teeth.

tags: Feature film

Cast: André Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel, Evelyne Didi


Director: Aki Kaurismäki