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La Vie de Bohème (1992)

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

Director:

Aki Kaurismäki

Writers:

Henri Murger (based on the novel by: "Scènes de la vie de bohème"), Aki Kaurismäki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matti Pellonpää ... Rodolfo
Evelyne Didi ... Mimi
André Wilms ... Marcel Marx
Kari Väänänen ... Schaunard
Christine Murillo Christine Murillo ... Musette
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Blancheron
Laika Laika ... Baudelaire
Carlos Salgado Carlos Salgado ... Garcon de café
Alexis Nitzer Alexis Nitzer ... Henri Bernard
Sylvie Van den Elsen Sylvie Van den Elsen ... Mme. Bernard
Gilles Charmant Gilles Charmant ... Hugo / Groupe rock
Dominique Marcas ... Brocanteuse
Samuel Fuller ... Gassot
Jean-Paul Wenzel Jean-Paul Wenzel ... Francis
Louis Malle ... Gentleman
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Storyline

Three penniless artists become friends in modern-day Paris: Rodolfo, an Albanian painter with no visa, Marcel, a playwright and magazine editor with no publisher, and Schaunard, a post-modernist composer of execrable noise. Rodolfo falls in love with Mimi, a barmaid. The day he asks her to move in with him, he is deported. Six months later, he sneaks back to Paris, and Mimi leaves her new boyfriend to be with him. Conflicts arise, especially around their poverty, and soon Mimi and Rodolfo separate, as do Marcel and his Musette. The three men scrape together a meal to celebrate All Saints' Day, and Mimi arrives, ill. Can her friends bring her back to health? Can love rekindle? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The filming on the Paris Central Train Station would have cost so much that avoiding to spend too much money Kaurismäki decided to create an illusion of the train station: he reflected a shadow of a train wagon against garage doors. See more »

Connections

Version of La Boheme (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

Chantez pour moi violons
Composed by Emery Deutsch and Arthur Altman
Lyrics by Jack Lawrence
French lyrics by Reale
Performed by Damia
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Kaurismaki's masterpiece
17 June 2006 | by poikkeusSee all my reviews

Imagine a Finnish director making a film that's as much a tribute to French film as a parody of its worst excesses, and you have a fair idea of what La Vie de Boheme is about. Aki Kaurismaki uses his thoroughly deadpan comic approach to render the lives of a group of pathetic artists in France, none of whom are even close to being artists (except in their own minds). In fact, it's easy for the uninitiated to take the film very seriously, given Kaurismaki's dry comic touch.

I caught this at the SF International Film Festival, where a fair part of the audience (including myself) was caught up in laughter - while admiring the painterly black and white photography and perfectly pitched performances. Those uncomfortable with a Jim jarmusch style of post- modernism might even feel lost from time to time. But all of Kaurismaki's film's are comedies, some more outrageous than others, and this one is about as perfect in conception as you might hope.


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Country:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

29 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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