Blu-ray, DVD Release: Le Havre

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Le Havre movie scene

Jean-Pierre Darroussin means business in Le Havre.

Le Havre (2011) is a surprisingly warm-hearted comedy film from the usually deadpan Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki (Leningrad Cowboys Go America).

The movie is set in the French harbor city Le Havre, where fate throws the young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx ( André Wilms, La vie de bohème), a kindly, aging bohemian who shines shoes for a living. With inborn optimism and the support of most of his tight-knit community, Marcel stands up to the officials doggedly pursuing the African boy for deportation.

Tagged by Criterion as “a political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic French cinema of the past, especially the poetic realist works of Jean Duvivier and Marcel Carné,” the acclaimed Le Havre rang up some $620,000 at the U.S. box office since its limited released to theaters in October, 2011.

Presented in French with English subtitles, the DVD and Blu-ray of Le Havre contains the following features:

• new high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Aki Kaurismäki, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• new interview with actor André Wilms
• Cannes Film Festival press conference from 2011, featuring cast and crew
• French television interview with Kaurismäki, Wilms, and actors Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Kati Outinen
• concert footage of Little Bob, the rock group featured in the film
• trailer
• new English subtitle translation
• booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Sicinski


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.