The Bohemian Life

The three artists wander around cheap Parisian apartments, sometimes in need, sometimes in prosperity. Bohemia by Aki Kaurismäki.

Finland, France 1992
  • Czech
100 min.

Rodolfo (Matti Pellonpää), an Albanian refugee and painter; Marcel (André Wilms), a playwright; and Schaunard (Kari Väänänen), an avant-garde composer, become friends and allies in contemporary Paris. They maintain a genteel manner of relating to one another while constantly scrambling for money and risking starvation. After falling in love with a barmaid (Evelyne Didi), Rodolfo is deported. When he succeeds in re-entering the country, he and his friends try to revive their friendship.

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Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Based on: Henri Murger
Screenplay: Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematography: Timo Salminen
Sound: Tom Forsström, Jouko Lumme
Editing: Veikko Aaltonen
Production Design: John Ebden
Producer: Aki Kaurismäki
Costumes: Simon Murray
Cast: Matti Pellonpää, Evelyne Didi, André Wilms, Kari Väänänen, Christine Murillo, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Carlos Salgado, Alexis Nitzer

European Film Awards

1992 – Matti Pellonpää (European Actor of the Year)

European Film Awards

1992 – André Wilms (European Supporting Actor of the Year)

Berlin International Film Festival

1992 – Aki Kaurismäki (FIPRESCI Award)

Jussi Awards

1993 – Aki Kaurismäki (Best Direction)