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1,315 Ratings

Life Is a Bed of Roses

La vie est un roman

Directed by Alain Resnais
France, 1983
Comedy, Drama, Musical


Count Michel Forbek builds a castle where to fabricate a utopian society. Years later, as part of a conference, trysts take precedence over education and Nora Winkle makes predictions about her friend’s relationship. Finally, a group of children create a fantastical story about medieval times.

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Life Is a Bed of Roses Directed by Alain Resnais

Critics reviews

These are some of the peppiest moments in Resnais’s entire oeuvre, sans a late-career foray into outright comedy. The structure, time jumping, and free-associating most closely resembles that of Luis Buñuel’s The Phantom of Liberty, though Resnais and Gruault’s work is decidedly less anarchic or madcap. Nevertheless, when characters break into song, it’s as if the influences shift from Buñuel to Jacques Demy, with the vibrant colors seemingly plucked straight from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
July 21, 2015
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