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La Vie en Rose (2007)
"La môme" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  14 February 2007 (France)
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The life story of singer Édith Piaf.

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An un-chronological look at the life of the Little Sparrow, Édith Piaf (1915-1963). Her mother is an alcoholic street singer, her father a circus performer, her paternal grandmother a madam. During childhood she lives with each of them. At 20, she's a street singer discovered by a club owner who's soon murdered, coached by a musician who brings her to concert halls, and then quickly famous. Constant companions are alcohol and heartache. The tragedies of her love affair with Marcel Cerdan and the death of her only child belie the words of one of her signature songs, "Non, je ne regrette rien." The back and forth nature of the narrative suggests the patterns of memory and association. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The passionate life of Edith Piaf See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for substance abuse, sexual content, brief nudity, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£205,659 (UK) (22 June 2007)

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$10,299,782 (USA) (4 April 2008)
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Make-up could take up to five hours for Marion Cotillard when she played the older Édith Piaf. See more »

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The caption that opens the Édith/Marcel Cerdan portion, which includes his fight, says "1947". Cerdan fought Tony Zale on 21 September 1948. See more »

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Edith Piaf: Americans want beauties, not me. I'm not the Parisian bombshell they expected. Can you see me as a chorus girl? Where's my feather up the ass? They think I'm sad, they're dumb. I don't connect to them.
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Frou Frou
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La Vie En Rose, Thorns and All
5 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the French Film Festival in New York in April, and the memory of it still leaves me shattered. It is a brutally candid portrayal of Edith Piaf, who was known as La Mome, or the Little Sparrow. She had a violent, drug-filled and tragic private life, making Billie Holiday look like a Catholic school girl by comparison. (She was proud of being the same age as Holiday, and often referred to her in conversation.) Marian Cotillard is simply amazing in the role. She captures Piaf's looks perfectly, and her brushes with illness as well as her fame are vividly portrayed. Gerard Depardieu makes only a brief appearance, but the rest of the cast does a fine job. The more I have thought about this film, the more it reminds me of 8 1/2, and wonder if others will see the similarities. The only thing that keeps me from giving it a 10 is that by the end, the audience is completely wrung out, and there seems to be a one-note aspect to it. Perhaps a bit of editing would have done the trick. In any case, this is head and shoulders above most summer fare and any film or cabaret music buff will enjoy it.


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