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Edith Piaf is the subject of "La Vie en Rose", director Olivier Dahan's powerful if emotionally redundant biographical film about the iconic French superstar whose life, as depicted here, seems to have been a numbing succession of tragedies interrupted on occasion by artistic triumph. Dahan's portrait begins with Piaf's stay in a brothel as a young girl. Left to the care of her grandmother (who runs the place) after her father pulls her away from a narcissistic mother, Piaf undergoes significant health problems and grows up to sing on the street in lieu of outright prostitution. The film pulses along with the usual biopic rhythms, with pivotal moments in the life of Piaf (played as an adult by Marion Cotillard) turning up regularly only to be smacked aside by the unseen hand of perpetual misfortune. There's the impresario (Gerard Depardieu) who recognizes Piaf's great but raw talent only to have a run-in with the criminal element around her. There's the heavyweight fighter (Marcel Cerdan) who becomes the love of Piaf's life but can't be with her. Drug addiction, random car accidents, tax problems, you name it, it's all here, topped by an unnerving revelation that pops up in "La Vie en Rose"'s final moments. After awhile, with such a concentration of bad news squeezed into 140 minutes, one begins to wish Dahan had taken a more expansive approach to Piaf's life and times. But the film is never less than interesting, and the lead performance by Cotillard is often astonishing. "--Tom Keogh"
A thoroughly enjoyable movie. I am so glad I ordered it. Bought it for the music and glad I got the movie rather than the CD.Published 1 month ago by r
Absolutely love this movie. It was painful to watch at times what Piaf went through in her life. It is based on a true story.Published 7 months ago by J. Jaros
I can't help but watch this movie over and over again; (partly because it has subtitles) but mostly because, if you know anything about Edith Piaf and her internationally famous... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sherry S.
What an amazing job these actors did! Perfect movie and I loved every minute of it for sure. Watched it over and again.Published 20 months ago by Nikky7311
Very good movie.
Her story was very moving. La Vie isn't always en Rose.
I would recommend this movie for everyone.
Winner of 2 Academy awards and 36 other nominations ,La Vie en Rose delivers drama,music and great performances in this biography of Edith Piaff. Read morePublished on July 18 2013 by Diane Gorman