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La Vie en Rose (2007)

La môme (original title)
PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music | 20 July 2007 (USA)
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Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.

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Olivier Dahan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Cotillard ... Edith Piaf
Sylvie Testud ... Mômone
Pascal Greggory Pascal Greggory ... Louis Barrier
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Titine
Jean-Paul Rouve ... Louis Gassion
Gérard Depardieu ... Louis Leplée
Clotilde Courau ... Anetta
Jean-Pierre Martins ... Marcel Cerdan
Catherine Allégret ... Louise
Marc Barbé Marc Barbé ... Raymond Asso
Caroline Silhol Caroline Silhol ... Marlene Dietrich
Manon Chevallier Manon Chevallier ... Edith - 5 years old
Pauline Burlet ... Edith - 10 years old
Élisabeth Commelin Élisabeth Commelin ... Danielle Bonel (as Elisabeth Commelin)
Marc Gannot Marc Gannot ... Marc Bonel
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Storyline

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 extraordinary life of Edith Piaf See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

France | UK | Czech Republic

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

20 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Vie en Rose See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£205,659 (United Kingdom), 22 June 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$179,848, 10 June 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,301,706

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$88,613,761
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Before playing Édith Piaf, two movies starring Marion Cotillard have featured a song by the French singer: Chloé (1996) and Love Me If You Dare (2003), both movies have "La Vie en Rose" in the soundtrack. Years later, Cotillard starred in Inception (2010), which featured another song by Piaf: "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[after hearing "Je ne regrette rien" for the first time]
Edith Piaf: You're marvelous! This is exactly what I've been waiting for! It's incredible! It's me! That's my life, it's me.
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Connections

Referenced in Lipstick Jungle: Chapter Twenty: La Vie En Pose (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Padam... Padam...
Music by Norbert Glanzberg
Lyrics by Henri Contet
Performed by Jil Aigrot
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I liked the film despite its several flaws
8 April 2007 | by Natashenka_SSee all my reviews

I saw the film almost a month ago, when it was released here in Israel. I like Edith Piaf's songs very much, and the movie makes you believe that a woman who gave us those songs was the one we see on the screen. Marion Cotillard is superb in this role, her heroine is vulnerable, doomed and dignified at the same time. I don't agree with those who say her performance is melodramatic, because the singer WAS very emotional and even melodramatic (though in a perfectly natural way) in real life too (as all the biographers remark).

One thing about the movie that annoyed me a little was the switches of time frames. I understand the purpose of it. During the first 15 minutes we get to see the sickly little girl, then Edith Piaf's days of glory and' finally, her last days, when she was a tortured creature and looked like a 70-year old woman. So even while living through the singer's happiest days we never forget how it would end quite soon. But sometimes these switches seem unnecessary and distracting. The other flaw is that a viewer must be well-familiar with the singer's biography, otherwise it would be difficult for one to understand certain moments in the film.

I don't have much to say about the director's masterful work, honestly there is none. The director had the story of life, he had the music and the haunting voice of the great singer. The latter is what makes most of the emotional impact. But I would recommend this movie sincerely, Marion Cotillard's acting alone would make it worth watching, and there are other beautiful things in it as well. The movie never seems too long, and its last minutes are very emotional, when Edith Piaf is led to the stage, she can hardly walk, and then she starts to sing 'No regrets' and transforms completely.


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