It is an exceptional piece of filmmaking ... a true joy to watch ... a fascinating blend of humanity, heartbreak, and humor. One of the most family-friendly foreign films I've seen in ages."
~ Larry Thomas, Film Critic, WVXU Cincinnati Read the full review.
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Dr. Alberti has been teaching at Northern Kentucky University for twenty years, where he focuses on the relationship between American literature and popular culture as evidenced in cinema, television and music.
He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (BA, English, 1981) and UCLA (MA, English 1984 and Ph.D., English, 1989).
One of Cincinnati World Cinema's most popular discussion leaders, Dr. Alberti brings fresh, useful insight to our post-film discussions, adding to the audience experience.
John is currently Director of the Cinema Studies program and Professor of English at NKU, and has been instrumental in bringing the Festival of New French Films to campus for the last three years.
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and the courage to do what is right
It always seems suspicious when a film gets a 99% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes — there's probably a huge marketing budget and a lot of muscle behind the hype. But with LE HAVRE, the opposite is true — a small indie production, virtually no marketing budget and no hype.
This film has been embraced by so many types of film writers, critics and presenters — mainstream, indie, cineaste, spiritual; young and old — in so many different forums around the world — print, broadcast, blogs, film societies — that LE HAVRE's authenticity, quality and relevance is not in doubt.
It never opened in Cincinnati although it screened in other middle-markets like Denver, Phoenix, Omaha, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis late last year — probably because other more mainstream films could make more money. But quality, not box office success, is a critical factor in how Cincinnati World Cinema selects its films, and so here we are — this beautiful film about ordinary people who do extraordinary things is with us for just one day only, Sunday June 24, at 4 and 7 pm.
LE HAVRE is entertaining, thought provoking and multi-dimensional — a compassionate, funny and heart-warming film, filled with ironies and random hilarities, about the importance of being kind and having the guts to do what is right. A touching story about everyday working people, it is also an homage to French cinema and French culture.
Employing Kaurismaki's typical low-key comedic style (i.e.: it is not a "message" film), it is also about politics, community and responsibility and how we regard and react to the world-wide, and local, changes wrought by immigration.
It offers excellent chemistry between a veteran French actor and a young Senegalese newcomer as the lead protagonists, a Finnish gem of an actress as the stoic wife, an enigmatic police detective, "Little Bob" a real-life musician known as the Elvis of Le Havre, a community full of colorful offbeat characters. And the dog Laika, rivaling Uggie in The Artist as a scene stealer.
Well-written with authentic, down-to-earth characters using deadpan delivery to create a soulful tale, it's not surprising that LE HAVRE won the Fipresci Prize at Cannes for Best Film, received a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes, took top honors at the Chicago and Munich festivals, and was an official selection at the Toronto, New York and Locarno festivals. Demonstrating the truly global nature of cinema today, LE HAVRE, with a Finnish director, was shot in France with a French-speaking cast, produced by a triumvarate of Finnish, French and German companies and was Finland's official entry for an Oscar as best foreign film.
§ SYNOPSIS (UK)
§ SYNOPSIS (New York)
§ SYNOPSIS (Chicago)
§ SYNOPSIS (Cincinnati)
§ SYNOPSIS (FR) + the city of Le Havre today + French trailer
§ More background on the film
§ Nominations & Awards