Life is a Bed of Roses (1983)
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as Walter Guarini
as Michel Forbek
as Nora Winkle
as Livia Cerasquier
as Zoltan Forbek
as Nathalie Holberg
as Raoul Vandamme
as Pere Jean Vatelet
as Juliette Vatelet
as School teacher
as Young lady
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Critic Reviews for Life is a Bed of Roses
The material manages at once to be both precious and dry, the staging is unprofitably claustrophobic, and the structure less ingenious than arbitrary.
It's more memorable for various isolated witticisms and images than it is as a coherent whole. And its flightier touches can be deadly.
Resnais speculates on the utopian dream that life is infinitely perfectable, that human chaos, despair and horror can be spirited or educated out of existence. There are two stories, to correspond to each of these possibilities.
Utopia is folly, though human fluidity here is the stuff of both Wagnerian myth and Gallic farce
Audience Reviews for Life is a Bed of Roses
So I thought I Want to Go Home was just an aberration for Resnais, but unfortunately I was wrong. This is every bit as over the top, but at least here the cartoon-like characterizations fit better into the children's fairytale-musical context. The humor works pretty well at first but it eventually gets tiresome and plain silly. The three parallel narratives are well juxtaposed together and thematically consistent. In the end the whole farcical arguing and fighting and seducing bullshit didn't do anything for me.
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