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La Vie de Bohème (1992)

La vie de bohème (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:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

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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Soundtracks

Bird Dance Beat
Composed by G. Garrett
Performed by The Fake Trashmen (playback)
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A Finnish take on "La Boheme"
22 May 2003 | by kerpanSee all my reviews

Although Aki Kaurismaki credits Henri Murger's collection of stories as the source for his "La vie de boheme" (1992), the underlying dramatic structure actually comes straight from Puccini's opera "La boheme" (with the central focus of the story of Rodolphe and Mimi). Superb black and white photography, with a droll script delivered by mostly dead-pan (but nonetheless funny) performers -- including beloved regulars like the late Matti Pellonpaa and Kari Vaananen (Kati Outinen, a very appropriate Mimi I would think, was missing, however -- maybe her French was not good enough).


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