Sid’s Salon – Sid keeps the classic films coming!
October 17 @ 6:00 pm - December 19 @ 8:00 pm
Sid keeps the classic films coming!
Aki Kaurismaki 2011 | 93minutes
Tuesday, October 16, 6:00pm.
Address given with RSVP.
Marcel Marx (André Wilms) and his wife, Arletty (Kati Outinen), lead a simple life, Marx earning just enough as a shoe shine man to get by in the last old neighborhood of the French port city of Le Havre. Until, that is, his wife falls seriously ill and he takes in an illegal immigrant boy, Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) from Gabon who is sought by police Inspector Monet (Jean-Pierre Darroussin). Europe, as you know, continues to face enormous problems with illegal immigrants, many trying to reach family members already employed, if illegally. Idrissa is trying to reach London, where he mother lives and works, his father having died on the harrowing trip from Africa. The core of this film––how the shoe shiner’s community comes together to help this boy reach his mom––introduces us to a wonderful cast of characters, including Little Bob and his rock and roll band, and the dog, Laika. Through it all, Monet and Marx do an intricate verbal dance as Marx tries to get the boy on a boat to England before the detective nabs him.
Kaurismäki complements his treatment of the actors with a spare visual style: nothing extraneous in the frame, no unnecessary camera movement to underscore an action, no loud colors to distract the eye from our story, spare and dramatic use of light and shadow. Right from the opening shots, Kaurismäki uses all these directorial skills to create a situation for his deadpan sense of humor, one of the director’s unmistakable and delightfully odd characteristics.
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