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Passionate Life of Edith Piaf (La môme) La Vie En Rose (2007)



Critic Consensus: The set design and cinematography are impressive, but the real achievement of La Vie en Rose is Marion Cotillard's mesmerizing, wholly convincing performance as Edith Piaf.

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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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Marion Cotillard
as Edith Piaf
Jean-Paul Rouve
as Louis Gassion
Gérard Depardieu
as Louis Leplée
Pascal Greggory
as Louis Barrier
Marc Barbé
as Raymond Asso
Jean-Pierre Martins
as Marcel Cerdan
Clotilde Courau
as Anetta Gassion
Cassandre Berger
as Child Piaf (Singing Voice)
Caroline Sihol
as Marlene Dietrich
Alban Casterman
as Charlez Aznavour
Pauline Burlet
as Edith Piaf (Aged 10)
Elisabeth Commelin
as Danielle Bonel
Marie-Armelle Deguy
as Marguerite Monnot
Jean-Paul Muel
as Bruno Coquatrix
Andre Penvern
as Jacques Canetti
Mario Hacquard
as Charles Dumont
Aubert Fenoy
as Michel Emer
Felix Belleau
as Robert Juel
Ashley Wanninger
as Leplée's Assistant
Cylia Malki
as Philipo
Laurent Olmedo
as Jacques Pills
Édith Le Merdy
as Simone Margantin
Emy Levy
as Brothel Girl
Lucie Stainkrycher
as Brothel Girl
Vera Havelková
as Brothel Girl
Jan Kuzelka
as Brothel Client
Dominique Paturel
as Lucien Roupp
William Armstrong
as Clifford Fisher
Martin Sochor
as O'Dett Spectator
Frederique Smetana
as O'Dett Spectator
Lenka Kourilova
as O'Dett Spectator
Pierre Derenne
as Little Louis
Jan Filipensky
as Fire Eater
Laura Menini
as Circus Dancer
Mathias Honore
as Mr. Loyal
Diana Stewart
as American
Manon Chevallier
as Edith Piaf (Aged 5)
Robert Paturel
as Man On Corner
Olivier Cruveiller
as Inspector Guillaume
Sébastien Tavel
as Interviewer
Agathe Bodin
as Suzanne
Nicole Dubois
as Dressmaker
Janis Martin
as Jean Mermoz
Marc Chapiteau
as Mitty Goldin
Philippe Bricard
as Man At Lannes
Helena Gabrielova
as Drunken Woman
Jaroslav Vizner
as Party Man
Sophie Knitti
as Bar Client
Helene Genet
as Bar Client
Liliane Cebrian
as Mind-Reader
Nicolas Simon
as Church Journalist
Thierry Guibault
as Ostende Doctor
Garrick Hagon
as American Doctor
Ginou Richer
as Neighbour
Vladimír Javorský
as Spectator In Street
Denis Ménochet
as Orly Journalist
David Jahn
as Soldier
Sylvie Guichenuy
as Woman In Street
Fabien Duval
as Policeman
Pauline Nemcova
as USA Journalist
Maya Barsony
as Girl In Bar
Fedele Papalia
as Fast Food Waiter
Zdena Herforova
as Woman At Café Etiole
Olivier Carbone
as Transvestite
Laurence Gormezano
as Pub Waitress
Christophe Odent
as Dr. Bernay
Robert Nebrenský
as Doctor At Dreux
Jaromir Janácek
as Dreux Festival Director
Christopher Gunning
as Orchestra Leader
Richard Hein
as Orchestra Leader
Jil Aigrot
as Edith Piaf's Singing Voice
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Critic Reviews for Passionate Life of Edith Piaf (La môme) La Vie En Rose

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (40)

Marion Cotillard is the only reason to sit through La Vie En Rose, a biopic that compounds its basic tediousness by fracturing its narrative in a vain effort to mask a stale rise-and-fall arc.

December 30, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

This is a surreal and exhausting experience.

July 6, 2007

Marion Cotillard tears up all the available scenery in this overblown, achronological biopic of French pop singer Edith Piaf.

July 6, 2007 | Full Review…

Ultimately, the film rests on [Cotillard's] performance. And there's no better homage to a woman who lived for every time she stepped onto stage.

June 22, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, Olivier Dahan's "emotional journey" through this triumphant but tragic existence leaves us none the wiser about many of the details we'd like to know, or knowing, would like to see on the screen.

June 22, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

The details of the composition, the fluidity of the camera's movement and the magical elision between personal grief and "performed" grief are so confidently organised that one detects the shadow of a much subtler film. I wish that we could have seen it.

June 22, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Passionate Life of Edith Piaf (La môme) La Vie En Rose

La Vie en Rose needs more than one viewing to understand what the filmmakers are trying to say. I loved the way Olivier Dahan took Edith Piaf's life, and took it for what it was. Her life is a very depressing and sad story with happiness and relevant parts scattered throughout. Basically, the life of famed french singer Edith Piaf is life is like a scattered puzzle. Random pieces are found when we are looking for something else. The movie really tries to show the way she lived her life in the way they put the film together. It jumps back and forth, sometimes without giving timelines, she's old in one scene, and young in the next. While I was watching the film, I got very confused, and near the end of it's almost 2.5 hour running time, I felt like the film was starting to drag. Maybe that's partly because I didn't understand the film for what it was. The cinematography, the sets, the art direction, and costumes were all very impressive. The music was wonderful and made me feel like I was in Paris. Edith Piaf's voice is just marvellous and I think it can connect with anyone no matter who they are. But I think the main reason this film is a must see is for no other reason than Marion Cotillard. I only have one word for that performance as Edith Piaf: Jaw-dropping. She simply becomes Piaf. I mean there is no Marion Cotillard in there, it's all Piaf. That performance is probably one of the best of the last decade. So overall, La Vie en Rose is an artsy, sad and depressing biopic on France's famed singer Edith Piaf with a simply mesmerizing performance from Marion Cotillard.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

Good lead performance in a very average bio pic.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

La Vie En Rose is an incredible biopic on famed French singer Edith Piaf. Brilliantly acted and directed, Edith Piaf is wonderfully portrayed by actress Marion Cotillard who delivers the greatest performance of her career. La Vie En Rose is a phenomenal drama film, and it portrays the struggles and sadness of singer Edith Piaf perfectly. An incredible film that is brilliantly acted, directed and above all, told is captured on film. The result is a flawless film that depicts a sad individual. Edith Piaf led a turmoiled life, and every bit of it is brilliantly captured on film. The result is quite possibly the greatest biopic ever filmed. Marion Cotillard is the perfect choice to play Edith Piaf, and she really looks the part. I think she definitely deserved the Oscar for her performance. The rest of the cast do a terrific job as well, and each of them brings something truly wonderful to this already impressive work. La Vie En Rose is a phenomenal portrait of a singer who led a melancholic lifestyle. A superb film in every respect, La Vie En Rose is one of the essential biopics and not since Clint Eastwood's Bird has a picture been this vivid in showing the conflicted and troubled side of famed artist. This is a powerful film, and one that you won't easily forget. You'll come to understand Edith Piaf and her struggles, but you'll also admire her gifts. A beautiful and stunning film.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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