La Vie de Bohème (1992)
"La vie de bohème" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  29 July 1993 (USA)
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Three struggling artists try to make passable livings in Paris despite knock backs and tragedies.



(based on the novel by: "Scènes de la vie de bohème"),
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matti Pellonpää ...
Evelyne Didi ...
Kari Väänänen ...
Christine Murillo ...
Laika ...
Carlos Salgado ...
Garcon de café
Alexis Nitzer ...
Henri Bernard
Sylvie Van den Elsen ...
Mme. Bernard
Gilles Charmant ...
Groupe rock
Dominique Marcas ...
Samuel Fuller ...
Jean-Paul Wenzel ...


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29 July 1993 (USA)  »

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Aki Kaurismäki spend years trying to write an adaptation of Henri Murgen's novel with Helsinki in mind as a shooting-location. But finally he came to a conclusion that Paris is the only place where the film could be made. See more »


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Written by Daniel White and Marcel Mouloudji
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4 December 2003 | by (Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina) – See all my reviews

Aki Kaurismaki is one of the most important modern directors. He manages to make a movie out of nothing just like, say, Mike Leigh. And his characters are simply every-day people, whom he manages to transform into convincible movie heroes or, most likely, antiheroes.

This movie is not different: it is very sad and also joyous at the same time. It treats a very serious subjects (pourness, loneliness, desperation) without being pathetic or overblown and it makes, in the most beautiful way, a strong connection between the characters and the viewer.

Marvellous acting and genious direction makes this movie another Kaurismaki's little/big masterpiece.

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