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La Vie en rose [Blu-ray] (Version française)

Marion Cotillard , Pascal Greggory , Olivier Dahan    Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Commentaires audio, Making of, « Édith Piaf, cet obscur sujet de désir », « La Môme à New York »

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Picturehouse and HBO Films present a critically-acclaimed biopic about the legendary international singing icon Edith Piaf, whose voice and talent captivated the world. Starring award-winner Marion Cotillard in an astonishing performance, the film is a portrait of a remarkable artist born into poverty who survived using the only gift she had â€" her voice. Piafâ€TMs tragic life was a constant battle to sing and survive, to live and love, with no regrets. "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

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Je ne regrette rien" (= I don't regret a thing) Nov. 6 2007
By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"La vie en rose" (2007) is a beautiful biographical film about Edith Piaf, directed by Olivier Dahan. Piaf is an iconic French singer who turned into a symbol of her country, and remains one many decades after her death.

If you are one of Piaf's fans, I'm certain that you will like this movie, because it depicts strikingly several moments of her tragic and turbulent life. It is impossible to denny that Marion Cotillard was the right choice to play the main character, as she is simply splendid as Edith Piaf, so good in fact that she tends to make us forget that Piaf is not longer alive.

In case you don't have the faintest idea of who Edith Piaf was, don't worry, this movie is an excellent starting point to learn about her. Of course, no film can be totally objective, but by the end of "La vie en rose" you will know some details about Piaf's life, and will have heard some of her wonderful songs.

All in all, I believe that this is a film that is powerful and worth watching, despite the fact that it is rather gut-wrenching sometimes. Recommended...

Belen Alcat

PS: The songs you will hear in this film are sang by Edith Piaf (Cotillard does lip-synching). My favourite song is "Je ne regrette rien"...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PERFORMANCE OF A LIFETIME June 14 2008
This is what skilled acting is all about. Marion Cotillard became Edith Piaf. Everytime I watch it, I get chills. This is the best performance by an actress on film, EVER. You must own this film. I never get tired of it. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be blown away, time and time again. C'est magnifique!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non, je ne regrette rien Aug. 3 2008
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This movie is based on the life of the famous French singer Edith Piaf, and will drain you emotionally and physically (if you're not one for long periods of sitting still)

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Little Edith has a hard knock life with her mother, and eventually is "rescued" by her father, and taken to live with her grandmother
2. Grandma's girls (and clients) call her "Madame"
3. She is taken under the wing of Titine, one of the girls, and learns about song and prayer
4. Dad returns and decides that he will be the stable influence in her life
5. ... so he raises her in a circus where he's a contortionist
6. Soon she's singing for her supper and hitting the bottle
7. ...and the needle
8. ... and continues to do so, stubborn as a mule, ruining her health
9. ... while singing her heart out

From the streets to the brothel, from the circus to the streets, from the streets to the clubs, through bad patches and bubbly heights, culminating in a passionate love affair and the inevitable decline, the viewer will love, hate and pity the temperamental singer, though not necessarily in that order.

Although not my type of music, and given that I normally shy away from long dramatic movies, there's no escaping the fact that Marion Cotillard gives an absolutely magnificent performance. The supporting actors, the settings and the cinematography make this a memorable watching experience.

This is not a movie to brighten your day, lift your spirits or make your heart soar, but if you asked me if I regret watching it, I'd have to say "Non, je ne regrette rien".

Amanda Richards
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful portrayal of Edith Piaf March 9 2008
By Aeneas
This is quite a film and not a particularly joyous one, but neither was the life of Edith Piaf. The life journey of Edith Piaf was mostly new to me and if the film was true to her life then it was a pretty tough start. She came across as having quite a few narcissistic traits, which would not be surprising giving her parents lack of care and concern for her needs.

The performance of Marion Cotillard was brilliant and the Oscar for best actress was well deserved. She truly lived into the role and portrayed well the life of a tormented soul.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Vie En Rose...not likely! Nov. 14 2007
This is an amazing biopic of one of the most influent French legend of this time. Edith Piaf's life is a true exemple of courage and love despite all great sadness and despair that fate can reserve.
You will enjoy this film from beginnnig to end. Whether you know Piaf or not, this movie will get to you. Her songs reflects her life as well as her hoarse and melancholic voice.
Of course, understanding french is a plus. I haven't seen the english version though, it must ruin the magic of it...like any translation unfortunatly.

And as for Ms Marion Cotillard's Piaf performance, I must say she blew me away. I have seen her in her previous movies but this I must agree with Stephen Holden from The New York Times who wrote:

"The most astonishing immersion of one performer into the body and soul of another ever encountered on film."

P.S. If you hesitate on watching this film, do yourself a favor and see it for Ms Cotillard's performence...trust me, it'll be for your own good hehehe!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for English speakers Jan. 21 2012
This is a beautiful film. I've seen it many times on DVD and was surprised that it wasn't available on Blu-ray in the United States so I ordered my copy from Amazon.ca. HOWEVER, there are no subtitles. That's fine if you've seen it many times and want to enjoy it as it is, but I certainly wasn't able to share the film with my boyfriend (who hadn't seen it) as I'd hoped. For those of you who are huge fans, this will have to do until it becomes available in the U.S. It just seems odd that there are no subtitles in any language on this release, when it seems commonplace nowadays to have as many as five languages available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marion Cotillard was fantastic as "the little sparrow" and truly...
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 more
Published 2 months ago by Sherry S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
What an amazing job these actors did! Perfect movie and I loved every minute of it for sure. Watched it over and again.
Published 8 months ago by Nikky7311
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, great story
Very good movie.
Her story was very moving. La Vie isn't always en Rose.
I would recommend this movie for everyone.
Published 13 months ago by Debbie H
5.0 out of 5 stars "La Vie en Rose"
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 more
Published 14 months ago by Diane Gorman
5.0 out of 5 stars Un film extraordinaire
Film émouvant. Cotillard joue de façon extraordinaire. Je n'ai toutefois pas aimé la chronologie incomplète et mêlante. À voir absolument.
Published 16 months ago by Stephane Lacoste
3.0 out of 5 stars Film
Bon prix et bon film, mais je n'avais pas remarqué qu'il y avait les sous-titres d'inscrit , sans que je ne peut les enlever de l'écran ! Le disque est fait ainsi .
Published 16 months ago by Jacques
5.0 out of 5 stars très bien
Je suis satisfaite du service: impeccable. Tel que la description et juste dans le temps prévu. Je recommande ce fournisseur.
Published on June 3 2012 by Iris de Brito
1.0 out of 5 stars Upset
Loved this film and have been looking for it on Blu Ray (with English subtitles) for quite some time. Read more
Published on April 28 2012 by jeffreto
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastique!
I love biographies and this one is at the top of my list of favorites! Marion Cotillard is wonderful and I've never seen Edith perform live, but I really get a good picture of who... Read more
Published on April 20 2012 by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars La Vie en Rose movie
Marion Cotillard made me believe I was watching Edith Piaf herself (Based on what I read and viewed on Edith). The subtitles are especially helpful to students of French!! Read more
Published on March 11 2012 by French Students
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