LA VIE EN ROSE
By Olivier Dahan. 2007.
With Marion Cotillard, Gerard Depardieu, Jean-Pierre Martins, Clotilde Courau, Jean-Paul Rouve, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner.
A swirling, impressionistic portrait of an artist who regretted nothing, La vie en Rose stars Marion Cotillard in a blazing performance as the legendary French icon Edith Piaf. From the mean streets of the Belleville district of Paris to the dazzling limelight of New York’s most famous concert halls, Piaf’s life was a constant battle to sing and survive, to live and love.
Piaf s passionate romances and friendships with some of the greatest names of the era-Charlie Chaplin, Jean Cocteau, Yves Montand, and Marlene Deitrich who famously remarked that Piaf’s voice is ‘the soul of Paris’- made her a household name as much as her unforgettable renditions of the songs she made famous, including ‘Hymne a l’Amour’, ‘Milord’, and ‘Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien’.
The title of the film is from Piaf’s signature song ‘La Vie En Rose’, a love song which translates into English as ‘The Life in Pink’.
But in her audacious attempt to tame her tragic destiny, the Little Sparrow flew so high that she could not fail to burn her wings. The great love of Piaf’s life, Middleweight boxing champion Marcel Cerdan, died in a plane crash in 1949. Piaf developed a serious morphine addiction following a car accident in 1951, and eventually succumbed to cancer in 1963, dying at the untimely age of forty-seven. Piaf remains, however, one of France’s immortal icons, her voice one of the indelible signatures of the 20th Century.
‘Marion Cotillard’s feral portrait of the French singer Edith Piaf as a captive wild animal hurling herself at the bars of her cage is the most astonishing immersion of one performer into the body and soul of another I’ve ever encountered in a film’ – Stephen Holden, The New york Times.
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