Le Havre

Tuesday, December 06 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Le Havre

JOY REVIEW

Le Havre is one of those wonderful movies — it’s a European movie, it’s in French with subtitles — that just makes you understand the difference between American movie making and European movie making. First of all, everybody is kind of old and they have wonderful character in their faces, but clearly no Botox, no face lift, no make-up, really. This is a story of a ne’er-do-well who’s shining shoes who has kind of got a cynical view of the world, and his entire world is changed when he discovers, when eating his lunch, a young boy who has escaped from a container in which 20 or 30 people were smuggled into France from Africa. And the boy escapes and the protagonist decides to shield him. His wife is seemingly dying of some kind of cancer, and he’s viewed as a ne’er-do-well in the neighborhood who never pays his bills, but somehow helping this kid transforms everything. Everybody begins to like him. He has a new lease on life. And the inspector, who seems like a guy with no heart, is transformed as well. It’s just one of those movies that makes you feel good to watch it. Please don’t let an American remake put Greg Kinnear in it. But this is a five-star movie. You’ll enjoy the daylights out of it. I know it’s subtitled, but go see it anyway.

JOY METER