La vie en rose

La vie en rose

DVD - 2007 | French | Widescreen version
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kpelish
Jul 31, 2018

Piaf was (and is) one of the most expressive singers in the world. This biography doesn't shy away from her dysfunctional childhood--albeit with moments of connection--and her meteoric rise from near-street urchin to glamorous, yet mercurial, icon. Marion Cotillard invested a lot of research into playing this role, and her depth of preparation shows, even as she depicts the artist's waning years, unwise attempts to perform despite failing health, and death. (Note that the beginning of the film uses a lot of flashbacks, which requires close attention and can be a bit choppy.)

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Nursebob
Jul 04, 2018

Marion Cotillard’s powerful performance smoothes out most of the rough edges in this dark tribute to the intense and turbulent life of France’s most celebrated chanteuse. Dahan’s episodic narrative weaves back and forth through time, from Piaf’s unhappy childhood during WWI to her sad and untimely death in 1963. The result is more of a loose collage than a standard biography which, taken in its entirety, leaves you with a keen sense of the woman behind the legend. I admit to not being a great fan of the biopic genre as I am constantly aware of the artistic license directors use in order to make their films watchable. The camera certainly lingers on Piaf’s private misery, often to the exclusion of anything else. It’s this lack of balance that left “La Vie En Rose” feeling incomplete and somewhat lop-sided to me. A passionate and sincere film nonetheless with some of the most dynamic acting I’ve seen in some time....just not destined to be in my personal top 10 this year.

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LadyDi52
Apr 12, 2018

Absolutely astounding, award winning (MANY awards!) performance from the lead actress who plays and sings Piaf!

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Mmegood
Feb 07, 2018

Marion Cotillard has a wonderful performance. Watch the bonus features for insights from the director and Cotillard. This is a drama. The non linear story line adds intrigue.

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kkscott
Jan 22, 2018

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Radharc Jun 29, 2016

Brilliant biopic about France's national treasure, chanteuse Edith Piaf. Marion Cotillard puts in an incredible performance, and it's quite easy to see how she earned an Academy Award for it. The film is structured in a non-linear series of flashback scenes that bounce from the distant past to the years at the end of Piaf's life. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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j7swiftlib
Apr 01, 2016

Brilliant.

LaEstrella Mar 03, 2016

Formidable! Fantastic film!

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lerche
Jun 29, 2015

Edith Piaf's wonderful voice and Marion Cotillard's great acting make for a fascinating film. I wish the movie had also touched on Piaf's relationships with German officers during WWII and her mentoring of Yves Montand.

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beckythecat1
May 12, 2015

a wonderful, sad film. she was amazing.

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RoyalJellyIII
May 08, 2015

I don't see what all the fuss is about with this film- Edith Piaf was a talented singer and she had a hard life- how you manage to make a boring movie out of all this is beyond me.

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akirakato
May 07, 2015

This is a 2007 French and Canadian biographical film directed by Olivier Dahan.
It's about the life of French singer Édith Piaf.
The performance of Marion Cotillard as the heroine creates the almost lifelike and deeply emotional character of the legendary troubled singer.
It is a profoundly gripping and engaging docu-drama.

d2013 Mar 27, 2015

Edith Piaf sang from her soul. Her songs reflected her hard life throughout. Wonderful singer who is still remembered today. Numerous songs by Piaf are still used in movies. Marion Cotillard took on quite a task when she accepted this role. She did it beautifully.

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bigdoug
Feb 25, 2015

This is a great movie, even if you do not speak French. (English subtitles)

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JSSebastian
Feb 14, 2015

I must confess that I knew nothing of the life of Edith Piaf before watching this movie and perhaps if I had, I would have enjoyed it more. The none linear story often made jumps that I found confusing. I still found it a relatively engaging, if overly long, story.

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Nursebob
Feb 06, 2015

Marion Cotillard’s powerful performance smoothes out most of the rough edges in this dark tribute to the intense and turbulent life of France’s most celebrated chanteuse. Dahan’s episodic narrative weaves back and forth through time, from Piaf’s unhap(py childhood during WW1 to her sad and untimely death in 1963. The result is more of a loose collage than a standard biography which, taken in its entirety, leaves you with a keen sense of the woman behind the legend. I admit to not being a great fan of the biopic genre as I am constantly aware of the artistic license directors use in order to make their films watchable. The camera certainly lingers on Piaf’s private misery often to the exclusion of anything else. It’s this lack of balance that left “La Vie En Rose” feeling incomplete and somewhat lop-sided to me. A passionate and sincere film nonetheless with some of the most dynamic acting I’ve seen in some time....just not destined to be in my personal top 10 this year.

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serendipity257
Nov 18, 2013

This film was interesting and Marion Cotillard does a good job portraying Piaf and her emotional upheaval. However, the film as a whole was only average in my opinion. The musical score was good.

hania4987 Nov 12, 2013

Marion Cotillard is remarkable in her portrayal -- she truly seems to embody the spirit of Edith Piaf. The entire cast of actors did a wonderful job, especially the 2 young girls playing young Edith. The movie itself is a little erratic and does not flow well, but it does capture the look and feel of the times it showcases. The actors lifted this movie from just being a cliche.

discerningcritic Jun 29, 2013

Exquisite film starring the voice of Edith Piaf.

Saphira1995 Jun 07, 2013

Edith Piaf. Elle, c'est une vraie chanteuse, celle qui chante avec le coeur, avec son ame. Repose en paix Edith. Vous etes à travers nous.

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booklover717
Jun 07, 2013

I enjoyed this movie very much, and was moved by the tragic life Edith Piaf had. The actress portraying her did an amazing job and certainly deserved her academy award for best acting.

However, I felt the film jumped around so much, and other characters surround Piaf's later life were not well fleshed out so I was often wondering who the various men were. Maybe that doesn't really matter, as it is possibly the essence and remarkable strength of this women that the director wanted to capture, and for that he did an amazing job!

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mjcuaycong
Mar 27, 2012

Stunning performance by Marion Clotilde in capturing the soul of an iconic character. Although I was unfamiliar with Edith Piaf before watching the movie, by the time the scene with Marlene Dietrich came about, I fully understood her comments: When Edith sang, one remembers the streets of Paris. She carried the heart of the city in her voice. The constant alternating between flashback and current made the film a bit hard to follow at times. However, I understand that the director wanted to make those flashbacks seem like Edith's memories, so they didn't necessarily follow a smooth rhythm. Wonderful movie.

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jgrnlees
Jun 02, 2011

The tragic life of Edith Piaf was told from beginning to end in this absolutely beautiful film. Marion Cotillard's portrayal of Edith was superb and the Academy Award she won was extremely well-deserved. I highly recommend this film.

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fregglover
Dec 21, 2010

I have never seen a performance like Marion Cotillard's portrayal of Edith Piaf. She totally embodies the character, until one believes that we are really seeing Edith alive and well once again. There are not many happy moments in this story, but it is the sad moments that truely move you. I suggest having a lot of chocolate or puppies or both around you while you watch this movie. But, if you do sit down and watch it, you will be happy that you did. Edith will always be a part of history, and one should learn about her to truely understand suffering and rags to riches.

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danagils
Oct 27, 2010

Amazing story. Gorgeous film and wonderful acting. What a tragic life Edith Piaf had.


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