La vie de bohème

La vie de bohème

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki • 1992 • France

This deadpan tragicomedy about a group of impoverished, outcast artists living the bohemian life in Paris is among the most beguiling films by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki. Based on stories from Henri Murger's influential mid-nineteenth-century book Scènes de la vie de bohème (the basis for the opera La bohème), the film features a marvelous trio of Kaurismäki regulars, André Wilms, Matti Pellonpää, and Karl Väänänen, as a writer, painter, and composer who scrape by together, sharing in life's daily absurdities. Gorgeously shot in black and white, La vie de bohème is a vibrantly scrappy rendition of a beloved tale.

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La vie de bohème
  • La vie de bohème

    Directed by Aki Kaurismäki • 1992 • France

    This deadpan tragicomedy about a group of impoverished, outcast artists living the bohemian life in Paris is among the most beguiling films by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki. Based on stories from Henri Murger's influential mid-nineteenth-century boo...

Extras

  • Where Is Musette?

    Shot on the set of LA VIE DE BOHÈME, this documentary, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and cast and crew interviews, provides a rare glimpse into the working methods of Aki Kaurismäki. It was directed by Veikko Nieminen.

  • André Wilms on LA VIE DE BOHÈME

    In this interview, conducted in 2012, actor André Wilms talks about meeting director Aki Kaurismäki and the making of LA VIE DE BOHÈME.