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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

Monday, March 9, 2015

La Vie de Bohème
Bohemian Life

Film still: La Vie de Boheme Film still: La Vie de Boheme


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"A fine, deceptively querulous comedy... Mr. Käurismaki is an original"
  —New York Times
"Kä of the sliest directors in the world. Before we know it, his humorous deadpan take on the pretensions and delusions of these guys gives way to a boundless affection for them"
  —Los Angeles Times

From Finnish director Aki Käurismaki's (Le Havre, The Man Without a Past), this all-too-marvelous and sadly neglected portrait of Parisian bohemianism is an often hilarious deadpan tragicomedy about three truly starving artists. Loosely based on the novel that inspired Puccinbi's opera, La Bohème, the film follows three kindred spirits as they help each other survive life's absurdities.

The warm humor and humanism of Käurismaki's film is enhanced by unforgettable performances from his company of actors: Matti Pellonpää, André Wilms, and Kari Väänänen, with cameo appearances from Jean-Pierre Leaud, Sam Fuller, and Louis Malle. Shot in beautiful black and white, La Vie de Boheme captures both the characters and their situations in a unique brand of droll self-awareness, similar to Robert Bresson or, more recently, Jim Jarmusch.

Directed by Aki Käurismaki, Finland/France, 1992, 100 mins. In French with English subtitles.

The screening will preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Founder and Director Milos Stehlik and Cinémathèque Film Program Director Charles Coleman.


  • Monday, March 9 at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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