Life is a Bed of Roses
Life is a Bed of Roses (1983)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1983
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
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Janet Maslin
New York Times

It's more memorable for various isolated witticisms and images than it is as a coherent whole. And its flightier touches can be deadly.

TV Guide

A unique and funny film from intellectual French director Resnais.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Resnais raises more questions than he answers in this fascinating three-section parable about utopianism, education and love.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The material manages at once to be both precious and dry, the staging is unprofitably claustrophobic, and the structure less ingenious than arbitrary.

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Fernando F. Croce

Utopia is folly, though human fluidity here is the stuff of both Wagnerian myth and Gallic farce

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Sky Hirschkron
Stylus Magazine

What happens when a skeptic tackles tranquility? He makes it look dangerous.

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Time Out

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Often very funny and witty.

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