The latest from this Belgian-Aussie-French trio of writer-director-performers refines their whimsy into a more rounded story, in which a hotel receptionist (who may be a wish-granting fairy) and a short-sighted barman wreak havoc in Le Havre. It shares with Aki Kaurismäki’s recent film (also set in the French port) a liking of colour saturation, scene-stealing doggies and winsome illegal immigrants. But it dials down the politics, putting physical comedy in the spotlight – recalling the sly wit of Jacques Tati and the knockabout of silent comics. The story cuts corners, so it’s not the masterpiece these filmmakers may yet create – but when they’re on, this is jolly and so cute you’ll sigh.
Friday June 29 2012
Cast and crew
Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon
Bruno Romy Dominique Abel Fiona Gordon Philippe Martz