The Bohemian Life

La vie de bohème

99 mins
8.2 / 10 (847)


Three penniless artists, all kindred spirits, share their views of the world, financial travails and love stories over a bottle of wine in modern-day Paris. Marcel is an unsuccessful writer with a penchant for monumental drama, Rodolfo, an Albanian painter, and Schaunard, an avant-garde composer.

MUBI's take

Loosely based on Henri Murger’s renowned novel, Aki Kaurismäki’s first French-language feature infuses a deadpan Finnish humor into the romanticism of Paris, evocatively shot in black and white. Hung over frugal bistro lunches and cheap red wine are contemplations on the foibles of artists’ lives.

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