Under the Covers: #619 LE HAVRE (dir. Aki Kaurismäki) 2011
"L’argent circule au crepuscule."
tomorrow, The Criterion Collection will release their first-run dvd / blu-ray of Aki Kaurismäki’s LE HAVRE, which i’ve recently warmed to as one of the best films of this young decade. it took me a few spins to warm to it, but methinks Le Havre is the Finnish legend’s finest film since Drifting Clouds, an industrial fairy tale in which people are never far removed from the best versions of themselves, even when political currents threaten to wash out the world as we know it.
it’s almost certainly Kaurismäki’s most beautiful film, the 18th he’s shot on the camera once owned by Ingmar Bergman, and Criterion’s gorgeous packaging does a splendid job of capturing the soft poetry of Kaurismäki’s affectations… mundane, and yet deliciously unreal. so take a peek under the cover, enjoy Manuele Fior’s pitch-perfect illustrations, and consider taking several return journeys to Le Havre, as there’s always more to see.