La Vie de Bohème

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

British audiences have thus far shown stoic indifference to the work of Finnish fashion victim Kaurismäki, and this straight-faced adaptation of Henri Murger's melodramatic novel (1851) is unlikely to quicken their pulses. A polyglot cast (most of them long-haired Finns) enact the depressed lives of failed artists and their consumptive muse Mimi in fractured French, spurred on by names from the director's address-book and a dog named Baudelaire. The one-note joke palls fast, and Kaurismäki's endless quest for emotional truth at the heart of miserabilist clichés winds up in its usual cul-de-sac.

By: TR


Release details

100 mins

Cast and crew

Aki Kaurismäki
Aki Kaurismäki
Jean-Pierre Léaud
André Wilms
Matti Pellonpää
Evelyne Didi
Kari Väänänen
Samuel Fuller
Louis Malle
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