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La Vie Est Un Roman Details


With Life is a Bed of Roses, filmmaker Alain Resnais wanted to create a lighthearted tribute to three important French directors, each of whom defined a particular era in his country's cinema Melies (the first French filmmaker to use narrative--his most famous film is ), the impressionist L'Herbier (most famous for his inspirational avant garde work during the '20s) and Rohmer (most famed for his sextet of "Moral Tales" during the '60s). To present his chronicle of the human quest for a utopia of personal happiness and fulfillment, Resnais created two distinct narratives representing the past and present, and then interspliced them with a third more fantastical tale to provide contrast. Representing the past, the first tale centers on a monied eccentric who creates a "temple of happiness' in his chateau. There, guests are given a special potion, laid inside enormous cribs and surrounded by pleasant sensations to help them return to the blissful state of infancy. The second story takes place in the same chateau where a symposium on the techniques and philosophies of the eccentric are hotly debated and elaborated upon. Weaving its way between the two tales is the third, which represents the medieval fantasies of children in a forest who imagine the struggle between a wicked king and a brave good-hearted warrior. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

  • Release date:April 20, 1983


Vittorio Gassman
as Walter Guarini
Ruggero Raimondi
as Michel Forbek
Geraldine Chaplin
as Nora Winkle
Fanny Ardant
as Livia Cerasquier
Sabine Azéma
as Elizabeth
Pierre Arditi
as Robert
Samson Fainsilber
as Zoltan Forbek
Véronique Silver
as Nathalie Holberg
André Dussollier
as Raoul Vandamme
Fabienne Guyon
Lucienne Hamon
as Juliette Vatelet
Martine Kelly
as Claudine
Robert Manuel
as Georges
Flavie Ducorps
Jean-Michel Dupuis
Francine Bergé
as Young lady
Jean-Louis Richard
as Pere Jean Vatelet
Guillaume Boisseau
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu
as School teacher


Alain Resnais
Philippe Dussart
Jean Gruault
Bruno Nuytten
Philippe Gerard
Composer (Music Score)
Jean-Pierre Besnard
Albert Jurgenson
Enki Bilal
Production Designer
Enki Bilal
Art Director
Jacques Saulnier
Art Director
Catherine Leterrier
Costume Designer
Pierre Lenoir
Sound/Sound Designer
Philippe Brun
Camera Operator
Enki Bilal