Life is a Bed of Roses Movie Review Summary

Actors: Sabine Azéma, Pierre Arditi, Vittorio Gassman, Géraldine Chaplin, Fanny Ardant, Ruggero Raimondi, André Dussollier, Robert Manuel

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LIFE IS A BED OF ROSES (La Vie est un Roman) is a movie directed by Alain Resnais in 1983. The picture earned two nominations for the french Academy Awards.
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There are two main stories in this movie. The first one is about the dream of Count Forbek who, on the verge of WWI, builds a fantastic castle in the forest. A few years later, deceived by the tragic events that happened in Europe, he gathers together his friends in the castle and drugs them with a mysterious concoction that should erase their memories and make them start a new life with only the Good in mind.

The second story is set, in the eighties and in the same castle, during a symposium of professors who must examine new forms of education for the children. Sabine Azéma will fall in love with the architect Vittorio Gassman while violent discussions between professors are shaking the walls of the castle.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   very deep philosophy-of-life stuff Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   teacher Druggie/drunk problems?    -   drugs

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   General Europe Forest?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts Any profanity?    -   None If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing

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