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Life Is Rosy (1987)

La vie est belle (original title)
Kourou comes from a village to Kinshasa, Zaire's capital and the center of World Beat; music is in his heart and he has big dreams. Right away he gets a job as a domestic for Mamou, the ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Papa Wemba ...
Kourou
Bibi Krubwa ...
Kabibi
Landu Nzunzimbu Matshia ...
Mamou
Kanko Kasongo ...
Nvouandou
Lokinda Menji Feza ...
Nzazi
Kalimazi Lombume Riva ...
Mongali
Mazaza Mukoko ...
Mama Dingari, la mère de Kourou
Tumba Ayila ...
Le nain Emoro
Mujinga Mbuji Inabanza ...
Cherie Bondowe
Bwanando Ngimbi ...
Maitre Nganga
Pépé Kallé ...
Pépé Kallé
Alamba Engongo ...
Le chauffeur de Nvouandou
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maître Nono ...
Maître Nono
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Kourou comes from a village to Kinshasa, Zaire's capital and the center of World Beat; music is in his heart and he has big dreams. Right away he gets a job as a domestic for Mamou, the loud wife of a club owner, and he falls in love with Kabibi, a virginal young woman who wants to be a secretary. Meanwhile, Nvouandou, the club owner, childless after twenty years of marriage, wants a second wife and determines to marry Kabibi. Mamou pretends to approve of the match, but behind her husband's back, she pushes Kabibi into the arms of Kourou. Can Kourou win Kabibi's hand and fulfill his dreams of being a singer; can Mamou recapture the affections of Nvouandou? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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15 June 1988 (France)  »

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Life Is Beautiful  »

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Great humour and superb music
21 January 2016 | by (Cambodia) – See all my reviews

Personal choice is sometimes hard to explain, but I have probably watched this film more times over the years than any other (and I've seen a LOT of films). It's certainly not Great Art but it is Great Fun, and it includes some dynamic music from Pepe Kalle and one of the best singers to come out of Congo, if not Africa, Papa Wemba. The story-line is simple - confused identities / poor boy who wants to be rich musician / rich man who wants beautiful girl, who in turn wants the poor man (thinking him to be rich...) etc etc.- but it is told with fluidity and humour, and it offers a great insight to Mobutu's Kinshasa when it was still a functioning and vibrant city. The film is African to the core (despite being co-directed by a Belgian), but its story and humour are universal. Years after initially seeing La Vie Est Belle, I went to live in Kinshasa and one of the first things I did was to seek out the identifiable landmarks shown therein (OK - so there isn't much to do in Kinshasa....). Pride was place was my actually eating in the (now almost derelict) restaurant where Papa Wemba takes Kabibi for a meal - called Lola La Crevette in the Kinshasa suburb of MaCompagne (also now largely derelict). Is the film really worth the 9 out of 10 I have awarded it??? Given the number of times I have watched it with immense pleasure I would say yes, but I imagine 99% of mankind might say no.....


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