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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 47 wins & 61 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Cotillard ... Edith Piaf
Sylvie Testud ... Mômone
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 ... 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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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 »


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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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In 2015, the Oscar and César awards that Marion Cotillard won for the film were put on display in Paris, at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, during an exhibition to celebrate Édith Piaf's centenary. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Edith Piaf: I can't? Then what's the point of being Edith Piaf?
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Soundtracks

Mon Dieu
Music by Charles Dumont
Lyrics by Michel Vaucaire
Performed by Édith Piaf
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No Regrets
28 February 2007 | by hotlthr-1See all my reviews

It is a crime that most people in America do not know of Piaf or her music. Or if they do it is thanks to the Grace Jones version of LA VIE EN ROSE (which is not half bad).

Marion Cotillard as Piaf was a dream to watch... particularly when she played the older Piaf. Her pain, her loss came through exquisitely. And even the two actresses who played Piaf earlier in life were excellent. The director - Olivier Dahan - has been criticized (and rightly so) in other postings. But in the case of the 3 Piafs he has done his job well, creating the full character of the woman.

And for me the highlight was toward the end when Piaf sings NON,JE NE REGRETTE RIEN (NO REGRETS). The song written for Piaf is a summation of the film and her life. And for the first time in a VERY long time, I actually had tears on my face in a cinema.

That alone is a very high recommendation.


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France | UK | Czech Republic

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French | English

Release Date:

20 July 2007 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$179,848, 10 June 2007

Gross USA:

$10,301,706

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,274,793
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