Kaurismäki’s mise-en-scene arrangements get stronger and stronger as I go through his oeuvre- there’s a naturalism, or comically/ironically dingy or neo-realist in his earlier films, like the proletariat trilogy that, over time, have given way to a more Sirk/Fassbinder-like set design—gorgeous—many of these moving paintings
A story of immigration in a very cruel world
Like Kaurismäki’s Match Factory Girl in 1990 news reel footage is used to highlight some of the ugliness in the world
Jean-Pierre Léaud shows up at 48 minutes- another collaboration with Kaurismäki
A gorgeous medium shot at the train station at 41 minutes
Kaurismäki is his own voice- but I see so much Jarmusch and Roy Andersson here as well
Hilarious scene of André Wilms’ lead character reading aloud to his dying wife (Kaurismäki regular Kati Outinen) and they cut to the book and it’s short stories by Franz Kafka- haha
The honorable inspector here is almost cut from a Melville film
Deadpan, drinking, live music, flowers—all the traits you come to know from decades of work from Kaurismäki
For the first time in Kaurismäki work there’s an absolute dedication to color here in the production design- Kieslowski’s Blue – here it’s greens or an almost teal green/blue—the bar, the boat, his little home, the taxi is even this color
Like The Man Without a Past Kaurismäki is choosing to end this happily though much of the vicious world set before it would lead you to believe it shouldn’t. I don’t think this is form breaking though- this is a fable—he tracks in on Outinen at the hospital– Wilms’ character’s good deeds have cured her
I noticed that you updated/changed your website logo. I really like the new one. The layout is if the website is also really easy and simple. At first, the new logo confused me a bit, I thought I was on the wrong website!-Haha.
Anyways Le Havre is great. Your review is really detailed and well written. You make some great observations I had not noticed before.
@Azman– thank you very much here for the kind words about the new logo, the layout and the reviews. Haha yeah it’s taking me a second to get used to the new one, too. I think I went 3 years with that clipart thing. Needed something different.
Reminds me a bit of the Mean Streets cover for some reason.
@Matt Harris- haha I can see that. I’ll take it- love the Mean Streets poster