Three penniless artists become friends in modern-day Paris: Rodolfo, an Albanian painter with no visa, Marcel, a playwright and magazine editor with no publisher, and Schaunard, a post-modernist composer of execrable noise.
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Kaurismaki's deadpan tragicomic style is truly unique. The deadpan stares that he elicits from all the actors in all of his films. Jean-Pierre Leaud also delivers a deadpan performance, but his inner joy shines through, and whenever he appears he briefly relieves the desperate situation of these maudlin characters.
I can't get past the artificiality of it. I've seen 4 or 5 of his films, and I keep wanting to see someone real. Not just an actor delivering his lines. His characters are all zombies, lost and bumping into each other.
I think Aki Kaurismaki is one of my favorite directors. I love his style, which the more I watch the more I get why he was influential to Hal Hartley. His comedic dead pan approach is hilarious. I just get kind of depressed because Matti Pellonpää left us too soon.
The weight of France brings a whole other formal quality to Aki - following the unadorned proletariat trilogy this is gorgeously photographed, every shot a stunning composition. It's playful, mocking and loving, completely artificial in the right away, and characteristically angry about matters of immigration. The vignettes a little more satisfying to me than the drama. 3.5
Incontestablement original, mais de plus en plus minimaliste et sans aucune réelle émotion apparente. C'est fort dommage, mais superbe tout de même dans sa charmante nonchalance un peu désespérée et fataliste... www.cinefiches.com
Hay momentos que solo queda reír de las tragedias,me imagino que eso trato de plasmar el director o ese debe ser su humor.Reuniendo a un trio que sufre una que otra tragedia,aunque debo destacar que el pintor se lleva todos los aplausos,finalmente la historia termina girando en torno a él,demostrando que el dinero no lo es todo,al final el tiempo compartido con los quieres es algo que nunca el dinero podrá comprar...
For me in the top 3 of the authentic filmmaker.In Kaurismaki's films you don't have to make a full review and tryina analyse everything...Just let yourself get carried away by it.Highlight of the film the french accent by(the best) Matti Pellonpaa