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La Vie en Rose

September 11, 2010

La Vie en Rose (2006)
Director: Olivier Dahan
Actors: Marion Cotillard, Pascal Greggory, Jean-Pierre Martins

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Synopsis: The life of Edith Piaf.

Review: Edith Piaf’s amazing and eventful life with her strange upbringing (growing up between parents and grandparents in various locales such as a brothel and a circus), plus her later transformation from street beggar to globetrotting songstress, would seem gold-dust for the cinema, but director Olivier Dahan proves unable to frame the material with any satisfying, uniform perspective (even the flashbacks are from numerous stages of her physical decline rather than a simple deathbed elegy). This lends the film a strangely anonymous and episodic feel, although Marion Cottilard’s spirited performance as Piaf and the undoubted verve of her life-story make the narrative continually eventful if nothing else. Despite committing a serious faux pas in only revealing one of Piaf’s main woes (the death of her young daughter Marcelle – hitherto overlooked in the narrative) at the film’s climax, the sheer verve of her final rendition of “je ne regrette rien” finds the film finishing on an unabashedly triumphant note. (December 2007)

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