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This article is about the 1992 film. For the 19th century novel, see La Vie de Bohème.

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La Vie de Bohème
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La Vie de Bohème DVD cover
Directed byAki Kaurismäki
Written byHenri Murger (novel)
Aki Kaurismäki (screenplay)
Produced byAki Kaurismäki
StarringMatti Pellonpää
Evelyne Didi
André Wilms
Kari Väänänen
Christine Murillo
CinematographyTimo Salminen
Edited byVeikko Aaltonen
Release date
18 February 1992
Running time
100 mins

La Vie de Bohème is a 1992 film directed by Aki Kaurismäki and starring Matti Pellonpää, Evelyne Didi and André Wilms. Kaurismäki's screenplay for the film was loosely based on Henri Murger's influential novel Scènes de la Vie de Bohème which has spawned several on-screen adaptations as well as plays and operas, the most notable one being Giacomo Puccini's La bohème.

The film was a critical success earning several awards. FIPRESCI awarded the film the Forum of New Cinema award at the 1992 Berlin International Film Festival. At the 1992 European Film Awards, Matti Pellonpää and André Wilms were awarded the Best European Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively while Evelyne Didi was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress and the film was nominated for the Best Film Award. Kaurismäki won the Best Director award at the 1993 Jussi Awards.[1] Le Havre (2011) is a follow-up movie to La vie de Bohème having many of the same actors 19 years older.


Marcel (André Wilms) is an impoverished Parisian poet and playwright who is evicted from his extremely modest room after he is unable to pay rent for it. While roaming the streets of Paris, he meets Rodolfo (Matti Pellonpää), a painter from Albania who is almost equally poor and is in the country illegally. They quickly discover they are kindred spirits since they both share the same love for art without much regard for their worldly well-being. The two eventually make another friend in Schaunard (Kari Väänänen), an Irish composer who is now renting Marcel's former room. The three friends help each other in the daily struggle to survive by sharing whatever little money they have among each other in order to maintain a basic and simple standard of living.

Rodolfo's life is interrupted when he meets Mimi (Evelyne Didi), a poor French girl with whom he falls madly in love. But Rodolfo is soon deported back to Albania due to not having a visa. He is unable to return to Paris for six months and, by then, Mimi has moved on and found another boyfriend. Rodolfo, Marcel and Schaunard scrape together what food they have and have a meal together to celebrate the feast of All Saints. Mimi shows up and informs Rodolfo that she has left her boyfriend to be with him again, but she is ill and dies the next spring.

Cast and characters[]

  • Matti Pellonpää - Rodolfo
  • Evelyne Didi - Mimi
  • André Wilms - Marcel
  • Christine Murillo - Musette
  • Kari Väänänen - Schaunard
  • Jean-Pierre Léaud - Blancheron
  • Carlos Salgado - café waiter
  • Samuel Fuller - Gassot
  • Alexis Nitzer - Henri Bernard
  • Sylvie Van den Elsen - Mme. Bernard

See also[]


  1. Awards given to Aki Kaurismäki, Orimattila Town Library, March 6, 2008. Accessed February 24, 2009.

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