La Vie en rose

Oscar Winner

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  140 min.
Release Date: June 8, 2007 (limited)
DVD: November 27, 2007

Current rating: Rating: 4.00
based on 30 votes and 7 reviews
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Cast: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Jean-Pierre Martins, Emmanuelle Seigner, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gérard Depardieu, Clotilde Courau, Catherine Allégret, Marc Barbé

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Born in the slums of Belleville, Paris, to a prostitute mother and a street acrobat father, Édith Giovanna Gassion received little formal education. By her early teens, she was a street kid, making small change by singing on the street corner. At 20, she was discovered by Louis Leplée, the owner of a cabaret who recognized her extraordinary talent and renamed her Edith Piaf.

Because of her diminutive stature and early stage nervousness, her nickname was “The Kid Sparrow” (La Môme Piaf). She recorded her first record, but when Leplée was found mysteriously murdered, she was accused of being an accessory. Not long after, legendary agent Raymond Asso took Edith under his wing and made her an international star. From New York, which she conquered in 1947, to Grasse, where she lived out her last days, the singer of hits such as “La vie en rose,” “Hymne à l'amour” and “Non, je ne regrette rien” lived life to the fullest. But she was never able to mend the wounds of her childhood, which she tried to anesthetize, for want of anything better, with drugs and alcohol.

Director: Olivier Dahan
Studio: TVA Films
Producer(s): Alain Goldman
Screenplay: Olivier Dahan, Isabelle Sobelman
Official Site: www.edithpiafmovie.com

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  • 5 stars "What more can be said about Edith Piaf (1915-1963), the legendary icon affectionately known as Little Sparrow? Well, plenty, as it turns out. With loving detail, writer-director Olivier Dahan builds a solid story that weaves back and forth in time like Piaf’s own memories during the sad decay of her final years. We feel her confusion as a child, while she’s shuffled between her alcoholic, street singing mother, her circus performer father, and her paternal grandmother, a madam. We also watch as, a plucky girl of 20, she is discovered singing in the tough Paris neighbourhood of Belleville. Piaf’s own recordings infuse the sound track with the passion she developed first-hand knowledge of"