From the slums of Paris to the Limelight of New York, Edith Piaf's Life was a battle to sing and survive, live and love. Raised in poverty, Edith's magical voice and her passionate romances and friendships with the greatest names of the period - Yves Montand, Jean Cocteau, Charles Aznavour, Marlene Dietrich, Marcel Cerdan and others - made her a star all around the world. But in her audacious attempt to tame her tragic destiny, the Little Sparrow - her nickname - flew so high she could not fail to burn her wings.
An outstanding performance
- La Vie En Rose review by EW
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I had put off getting this film out because I wasn't really into Edith Piaf as her style of singing isn't really my cup of tea. However, the film was gripping from the start, beautifully shot and the tragedy of her life story is more dramatic than any made up story could be.
Marion Cotillard's performance is nothing less than stunning and she was rightly an Oscar winner - it makes Kate's performance of an old lady in The Reader look very thin.
An original, and another example of European film making showing a class that American Block Busters just can't buy.
Potted history of La Mome Piaf
- La Vie En Rose review by Pete W
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Cotillard deservedly won awards for her performance as Piaf - an extraordinary performer but a pretty hopeless drunk and drug addict who died at the age of 48 completely burnt out. Tragedy follows Piaf everywhere - a feckless father, absent mother, blindness while being brought up in a whore house, life in the gutter in Paris, the murder of her first manager and the death of the love of her life (unfortunately married to someone else)in a plane crash. The film jumps around a bit but Cotillard carries it and you get a real sense of the magnetism of Piaf on stage, in contrast with her complete unsympathetic real life persona.