Le Havre Movie Reviews
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There is a double standard for foreign films; and that goes double for French films. If anything this trite, sententious, sacharin and insignificant was made by Hollywood, it rightfully would not see the light of day. If it is French it gets a minimum of 3 stars and is described with the same rapture as the second coming of Christ. Christ, is this film boring. Not only boring, but formulaic, one dimensional, no plot, no dialogue and did I say boring? Not one character is remotely believable and the director and screenwriter try for cheap emotional scenes that are more stomach turning than heart wrenching. Michael Phillips is worse than Michael Willmington; and he was God awful. Any Hollywood movie this week provided exponentially more entertainment than Le Havre and received 1/2 the number of stars. As a critic, your job Mike is to warn us of horrible movies so we don't waste our time or money on trash like Le Havre.
I loved this film and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. I thought the film was very sweet and it had a great message without being preachy or over sentimental. The illegal alien theme is very close to home right now and I like how the director approached it. I have never seen any films that were directed by Aki Kaurismäki but I will see his previous films now, he intrigued me and I love the way he views the world and captures it on the film. Te film engaged me and did not let me go till the very end and even after the film I could not stop thinking about it, that is a prove that this film is great.
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