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La Bohème

3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

On Broadway in 2002 Baz Luhrmann moved the story to 1950s America, but this latest film of Puccini’s operatic warhorse is more traditional. Detailed studio interiors recreate nineteenth-century Parisian bustle, as director Robert Dornhelm tries to illuminate the material from within. The result is approachable for newcomers, but with Dornhelm’s camera keeping a close watch on group dynamics, it’ll remind old hands to look beyond the creamy melodies. What emerges is a trenchant portrait of cash-strapped youngsters too beaten down to exploit opportunties for love. Star tenor Rolando Villazón shows a surprising deftness of touch, even if his glam leading lady Anna Netrebko looks too resilient to persuade as ailing seamstress Mimi. Their charisma’s centre-stage, though it’s serviceable rather than ecstatic.

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 19 December 2008
  • Duration:114 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Robert Dornhelm
  • Cast:
    • Nicole Cabell
    • Boaz Daniel
    • Stéphane Degout
    • Ioan Holender
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