La Vie en Rose (2007) Poster


Marion Cotillard is one of only six actors to have won an Academy Award for a part spoken mainly in a foreign language. Sophia Loren, Robert De Niro, Benicio Del Toro, Roberto Benigni and Christoph Waltz are the other five.
The producers of the film wanted Audrey Tautou to play Piaf, but Olivier Dahan wanted Marion Cotillard and was willing to reduce his budget by $5 million to get her.
To help portray Édith Piaf, Marion Cotillard shaved back her hairline and shaved off her eyebrows, which were later penciled in, to better resemble the singer.
Director Olivier Dahan wrote the script with Marion Cotillard in mind as Édith Piaf before he had even met her, because he noticed a similarity between Piaf's and Cotillard's eyes.
Marion Cotillard shrank her body from its petite 5'6" frame to Piaf's minuscule 4'11" stature by crippling and curling her form.
Make-up could take up to five hours for Marion Cotillard when she played the older Édith Piaf.
With her performance in "La Vie en Rose", Marion Cotillard became the first French actress to win an Oscar for a French-language film and the second to win a Best Actress Oscar, the first was Simone Signoret for Room at the Top (1959) (an English-language film). Signoret's daughter, Catherine Allégret, portrayed Édith Piaf's grandmother, Louise Gassion, in "La Vie en Rose". Yves Montand, one of Piaf's lovers, was the second husband of Simone Signoret and Catherine Allégret's step-father.
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".
This film became the third-highest-grossing French-language film in the United States since 1980 (behind Amélie (2001) and Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)).
Marion Cotillard won a total of 27 awards for her performance in the film.
This is the fourth biopic about Édith Piaf. The others are Piaf: The Early Years (1974), Edith and Marcel (1983) and Édith Piaf: Une brève rencontre (1993).
Was the opening film of the 57th Berlin Film Festival and received a 15-minute standing ovation at the end of its screening.
Piaf's boyfriend was named Marcel Cerdan. Marion Cotillard's son is also named Marcel, which is a very common name in France. Cotillard later revealed that her son's name is actually an homage to a member of her family, Marcel Theillaud, not to Piaf's lover as many people assumed.
In Christopher Nolan's "Inception" the song "Non, Je ne regrette rien" is used in the movie as a trigger song; Marion Cotillard, who plays Edith Piaf in this movie also plays the role of "Mal" in Inception
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This is the second film in which Marion Cotillard plays a singer, the first was Les jolies choses (2001).
When Marion Cotillard introduced the song "Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie (2014) at the 87th Academy Awards in 2015, Édith Piaf's song, "La vie en Rose" was playing in the background when she took the stage.
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Powerful Hollywood talent agent Hylda Queally, signed Marion Cotillard shortly after "La Vie en Rose" premiered at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival.
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In 2015, the Oscar and César awards that Marion Cotillard won for the film, were exposed during an exhibition to celebrate Édith Piaf's centenary at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, in Paris.
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