Le Havre: a happy ending but too sad to bear

6 thoughts on “Le Havre: a happy ending but too sad to bear”

    1. All of his films, but perhaps especially this one, have that strange out of time feel. I think its most marked here because, while the story and setting is so clearly in the present, there are men who wear hats and double-breasted gaberdine raincoats.

  1. Gerry: lovely thoughtful review (as usual) of a brilliant film. It helps to confirm my developing thesis that the best films in French/about France are made by non-French directors (Kaurismaki, Michael Haneke [eg Caché and Code Inconnu] and the Dardenne brothers). All of them are socialist/humanist and happy to deal with people on the outside of French life (or at least outside our sterotypical view of it as filtered through the lens of so many directors). So working class and black kids and immigrants. A huge majority of French films – he says, starting an argument – are reflections of smug bourgeois life made by smug bourgeois directors, including an amazing number where slobby fat middle-aged men (step up, Depardieu) cop off with one of France’s many beautiful young actresses (Quand j’etais chanteur – and my biggest ever hate, Little White Lies – I wanted them ALL to die!). Blimey! I’m channeling Jonathan Meades.

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