Writer/director Olivier Dahan (Crimson Rivers II) helmed La Vie en Rose, the screen biopic of tragic French songstress Edith Piaf. Marion Cotillard portrays Piaf, the superstar once raised as a young girl by her grandmother in a Normandy bordello, then discovered on a French street corner -- as a complete unknown -- by cabaret proprietor Louis Leplée (Gérard Depardieu). The film segues breezily between various episodes from Piaf's life -- such as her lover, French boxer Marcel Cerdan's (Jean-Pierre Martins) championship bout in mid-'40s New York; her period in Hollywood during the '50s; Piaf's abandonment as a young girl by her contortionist father (and earlier by her mother, a street singer); her brushes with the law as an adult; and her 1951 car accident and subsequent morphine addiction that caused her to age well beyond her years and left her barely mobile; and, through it all, her ability (like Billie Holiday) to funnel personal tragedy and emotional struggles into her vocalizations -- dazzling audiences in the process. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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Very difficult to watch someone so gifted, display so little talent for navigating the basic challenges of life.
This movie started me thinking about what is necessary for one to feel fulfilled, happy and satisfied.
The movie reminds us that great gifts and wealth are not essential parts of the key: Giving children essential tools--raising children who feel competent, loved and valued--is part of the key.
It is no wonder why Marion Cotillard won every award imaginable, so rare is it when you forget about the actors portrayal and an artist is brought back to life. I love Paif and would be extra critical if something went awry. Piaf is one of key voices of France and this portrayal is simply brilliant without the Hollywood glamorizing
that often ruins motion pictures.
This is a great film. VERY well acted and a wonderfully tragic, timepiece of a very difficult life. I would watch this again if only for the music, but the story reminds us to be grateful for what we have.