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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 ... 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:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Finland | France | Sweden | Germany

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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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 »

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Version of La Bohème (1988) See more »

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Adieu Rodolfo
Composed and arranged by Mauri Sumén
Performed by Mauri Sumén
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Witty, smart and fast, but at the same time tragic, joyful and human.
7 September 2016 | by paulijcalderonSee all my reviews

This was phenomenal. Really fun to see Kaurismäki take these Finnish actors and have them act in French and making it really work. I had no idea what to expect and the film blew my away with its drama and humor.

What really makes this whole thing work is the trio of main characters. They work excellently with each other. They have sharp dialogue, witty fast humor and best of all; They are relate able. This is a film were small moments matter. For example, there's a scene were a person is unable to pay for a meal and an older man overhears it and pays it for the person. What's the explanation for the older man helping? Simple, he was behaving kindly to someone in need. This older man never appears again and has no other relevance, but it works very well here. The inclusion of that moment was nice because it shows you how important those small gestures can be.

Kari Väänänen was probably my favorite character. He always provided some levity when needed and Andre Wilms always delivered a smart comeback to whatever bad thing faced him, he is like the french Roger Moore (only less upper class). Matti Pellonpää was very subtle and sold all the emotional torment his character went through.

I can see that Kaurismäki adopted a very classic look to tell this story. The tone feels like an Italian Neo realism film mixed with the elements from Aki's work. There's even a little bit of Ozu in this. Don't know if it was intentional, but I could feel the influence.

In short: It was witty, smart and fast, but at the same time tragic, joyful and most importantly; very human.


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