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La Vie de Bohème (1992)

Boheemielämää (original title)
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 ... Groupe rock
Dominique Marcas 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:

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Certificate:

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Country:

Finland | France | Sweden | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Vie de Bohème See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Version of La vie de bohème (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Je bois
Composed by Alain Goraguer
Lyrics by Boris Vian
Performed by Serge Reggiani
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Spend a couple hours with some down-and-out artists in Paris
23 July 2002 | by KFLSee all my reviews

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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