Aki Kaurismäki's third literary adaptation, Bohemian Life, may also be his best. Crime and Punishment was brilliantly made (and, remarkably, that was his directorial debut) and Juha is a masterful tragedy, not to mention a magnificent revival of the silent film. As for Hamlet Goes Business, the conclusion was a little overdone, but overall it remains an interesting version of Shakespeare's play. But it's in Bohemian Life, based on Henri Murger's story collection, that Kaurismäki's passion for the subject is felt the most. He always wanted to make this film, and when he finally did the result was wonderful.Beautifully shot in black and white, the film explores the intertwined lives of three artists living in Paris: a French playwright, Marcel Marx (André Wilms), an Irish composer, Schaunard (Kari Väänänen), and an Albanian painter, Rodolfo (Matti Pellonpää). Together, they struggle to maintain a certain decency in their lives, whether that involves tricking their landlord or using a customer's (Jean-Pierre Léaud, grandiose as Rodolfo's portrait model) jacket for a couple of hours without the latter noticing anything. They don't demand much, in fact their friendship is more than enough to ensure life goes on fairly well.At this point, a new character appears: Mimi (Evelyne Didi), a barmaid. Rodolfo falls in love with her, and from there on, things begin to change, and not for the best: the Albanian is sent back home, and when he returns, six months later, everything's different. Can old bonds be restored Can the situation go back to the way it was Kaurismäki takes his time to make us acquainted with his characters (hence the unusually long running time - most of his films run to 70 minutes, 80 tops; this one is 100 minutes long), and that's why the movie hits us hard when it has to: having followed their combined fates since the beginning, we have the feeling that we know them, a fact that contributes to making the sucker-punch epilogue even more devastating.The three bohemians are humble but nice people: the simplicity of their lifestyle makes us connect with them on a visceral level, cheering for them when life's good and crying when it suddenly turns bad. Pellonpää, in particular, gives the performance of a lifetime (alongside Shadows in Paradise), his brooding yet incredibly sweet Rodolfo being the heart and soul of this movie (most unforgettable moment, upon being asked by Mimi to be an Albanian gentleman: \"Gentleman, no. Albanian, yes\").Bohemian Life represents a successful transfer of Finnish mentality and attitudes to a timeless Paris: you never stop and think there's something that doesn't belong there. It's all so perfect, in its sad and happy moments, and Kaurismäki can be very proud of the film he considers to be his favorite.
Handsome and charismatic, Rob Lowe is also one amoral sociopath who moves into the life of yuppie James Spader and leads him into things he never thought he'd be involved in. Lowe is truly one Bad Influence.This is quite a bit younger James Spader we see in this film, not the confident attorney who moved in and took over The Practice with Denny Crane. Spader is a stock trader, an eager young man looking for promotion in his company that's run by John DeLancie (can you imagine having Q for a boss). He and Tony Maggio are up for the same promotion, but Maggio is unscrupulous in his pursuit of it.One night when a jealous boyfriend threatens to clean Spader's clock after he tries to make some clumsy moves on his girl friend, Spader gets saved by Rob Lowe. Later on he meets Lowe and the two of them strike up a curious relationship. Spader needs lessons in unscrupulous and Lowe's a good teacher.It's all fun and games at first even when they pull a convenience store robbery, but it gets real serious when Spader has second thoughts and tries to break from Lowe. The film gets real intense.This is one of Rob Lowe's best acted films. In character Lowe is very similar to Tyrone Power's Stan Carlisle from Nightmare Alley. In fact Lowe is the closest thing we've seen to a reincarnation on the screen of Power when he does his hero/heel thing. Rob's never played the straight out hero though the way Power did also. But he's sure got the bad aspect of Power's portfolio down.Lowe dominates Bad Influence completely, but it's that kind of part. The rest of the cast performs ably and Curtis Hanson's direction to his cast is first rate. For Rob Lowe's fans not to be missed.
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