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Henri Murger (based on the novel by: "Scènes de la vie de bohème")
Aki Kaurismäki (written by)
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Release Date:
29 July 1993 (USA) See more »
Three struggling artists try to make passable livings in Paris despite knock backs and tragedies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Matti Pellonpää ... Rodolfo

Evelyne Didi ... Mimi

André Wilms ... Marcel Marx

Kari Väänänen ... Schaunard
Christine Murillo ... Musette

Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Blancheron
Laika ... Baudelaire
Carlos Salgado ... Garcon de café
Alexis Nitzer ... Henri Bernard
Sylvie Van den Elsen ... Mme. Bernard
Gilles Charmant ... Groupe rock
Dominique Marcas ... Brocanteuse

Samuel Fuller ... Gassot
Jean-Paul Wenzel ... Francis

Louis Malle ... Gentleman

André Penvern ... Inspecteur de police
Maximilien Regiani ... Médecin
Daniel Dublet ... Serveur
Philippe Dormoy ... Policier
Louis Delamotte ... Propriétaire

Kenneth Colley ... Balayeur de rues
Michel Jacquet ... Mari de la buraliste
Antonio Olivares ... Dandy
Helene Brousse ... Serveuse
Sanna Fransman ... Femme dancing
Monique Goury ... Infirmiére
Jacques Cheuiche ... Vendeur
Simon Murray ... Videur
Mark Lavis ... Chauffeur taxi
Irmeli Debarle ... Secrétaire Gassot
Jacques Leobold ... Bouquiniste
Jean-Bernard Mateu ... Policier II
Jean-Luc Abel ... Policier III
Christian Ehrhart ... Groupe rock
Jacques Ehrhart ... Groupe rock
Gilles Sacuto ... Groupe rock
Pierre-Yves Parrinet ... Groupe rock
Veikko Nieminen ... Groupe rock
Alain Sakhnowsky ... Famille bulgare
Teresa Saraiva ... Famille bulgare
Andrée Saldo ... Famille bulgare
Karine Arsene ... Famille bulgare
Konsta Väänänen ... Famille bulgare
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Pierre Abodi
Remi Adam
Lalouani Areski
Francois Aver
Marc Barbé
Francis Boespflug
Lydia Braun
Noel Bureau
Natalia Cheuiche
Gilbert Delmas
Daniel Dudon ... Un joueur de poker
Bernard Dupont
Sylvia Folcarelly
Albert Godard
Henri Gondalle
Claude Guillemard
Didier Heidet
Alain Impellizzieri
Othman Karoui
Jean Koralewski
Georges Lacour
Louis Latarrige
Andre Le Coq
Deddy Lemardeley
Ange Melet
Michel Michelis ... The Dreamer
Felix Mpudi
Ruger Murer
Paula Oinonen
Mohand Ouatah
Raymond Pichert
Claude Pinalie
Louis Pinquier
Isabelle Rivaud
Pietro Romanach
Simone Roy-Daniel
Laurent Thavonekhayl
Anssi Tikanmäki
Jacques Viard
Fabienne Vonier

Directed by
Aki Kaurismäki 
Writing credits
Henri Murger (based on the novel by: "Scènes de la vie de bohème")

Aki Kaurismäki (written by)

Produced by
Francis Boespflug .... executive producer
Klaus Heydemann .... producer
Aki Kaurismäki .... producer
Paula Oinonen .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Timo Salminen 
Film Editing by
Veikko Aaltonen 
Casting by
Delphine Bonnemason  (as Delphine Bonnemasson)
Production Design by
John Ebden 
Set Decoration by
Guillaume Lemoine 
Costume Design by
Simon Murray 
Production Management
Gilles Sacuto .... production manager
Raili Salmi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gilles Charmant .... second assistant director
Nathalie Herr .... second assistant director
Pauli Pentti .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mark Lavis .... assistant set designer
Antoine Maron .... assistant art director
Brigitte Perreau .... assistant set designer
Heikki Ukkonen .... property master
Sound Department
Tom Forsström .... sound mixer
Nina Jansson .... sound synchronisation
Mel Kutbay .... foley artist
Timo Linnasalo .... sound
Jouko Lumme .... sound
Visual Effects by
Robert Lang .... colourist (TV re-master)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jacques Cheuiche .... first assistant camera
Muriel Coulin .... second assistant camera
Peter A. Hoffman .... electrician (as Peter Hoffman)
Moune Jamet .... still photographer
Wolfgang Kluge .... grip
Olli Varja .... electrician
Editorial Department
Erkki Astala .... post-production coordinator
Jaakko Talaskivi .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Pierre-Yves Parrinet .... location manager
Other crew
Haije Alanoja .... production secretary: Finland
Haije Alanoja .... script supervisor
Jean-Claude Ambah .... caterer
Irmeli Debarle .... assistant: Mr. Kaurismäki
Philippe Gibier .... groupman
Erkki Lahti .... caterer
Marie-Christine Malbert .... unit publicist
Jan-Eric Nyström .... titles
Kari Pulkkinen .... caterer
Sinikka Usvamaa .... production accountant (as Sinikka Telaranta)
Christine Vitel .... production secretary

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La vie de bohème" - France (original title)
"The Bohemian Life" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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Germany:100 min | Sweden:103 min | USA:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of La Bohème (1965)See more »
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Spend a couple hours with some down-and-out artists in Paris, 23 July 2002
Author: KFL from Bloomington, IN

A French playwright, an Albanian painter, and an Irish composer, all living hand-to-mouth in Paris, devise various schemes to secure their next meal, or cheat the landlord, or help each other out of jams. Cynically witty and poignant by turns, La Vie de Boheme somehow manages to simultaneously embellish and skewer the old cliche about starving artists on the Left Bank.

This might almost be the film to show your son or daughter when they have declared that they want to become a novelist or painter and move to an exotic locale--except that, who knows, it might have the opposite of the intended effect.

I liked it quite a bit. Watch for the performance by the Irishman of his own piano piece for his friends, toward the end: hilarious!

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