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Genre: Biography/Drama/Music
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Gerard Depardieu, Jean Paul Rouve, Emmanuelle Seigner
Director: Olivier Dahan
Rating: NC-16 (Brief nudity and some drug references)
Year Made: 2007







Languages: French
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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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 - Marlene Dietrich, Yves Montand and others- made her a star all around the world. The true story of her incredible destiny opens a window onto the artist’s soul and into a woman’s heart.


Remember back in "Saving Private Ryan" when Captain John Miller and gang were listening to an operatic record by a female singer right before the climatic finale. They were musing how melancholy the song was and yet, personally to me (and others), that was the most lovely voice ever heard in a movie.

That female singer is Edith Piaf and her life which you will discover in La Vie en Rose, was as melancholy as that song played in Saving Private Ryan. Covering from her days as a child to her deathbed, viewers will get an insight look into the charmed life of a very talented artist and the pitfalls she faced.

However La Vie en Rose was not an easy autobiography to follow. The non chronological method of story telling that jump back and forth to Edith Piaf’s life will be a trying experience for certain viewers. Another irritation with this memoir was that it took assumption that the viewers are well aware of the lead character’s life and didn’t take the time to construct the background story of certain characters.

For example, it didn’t take the time to explain how Edith Piaf got into the predicament with a pimp as boyfriend (Adrian) and how she got extorted into performing on the streets so that she won’t be forced into prostitution. When Adrian suddenly appears to collect money from Edith Piaf, it would leave those who are new to the stories of Edith Piaf scratching their head.

But this few nuisance with this movie would eventually subside as the patient viewers venture deeper into the movie. There are milestone moments when she received her training and the fears she went through before her first theatrical performance. It’s particularly interesting to see how talented people have their own self doubts, worries and problem to go through before hitting the big times. There are also memorable moments when the film brought out the segment when Edith and the time spent with the greatest love of life.

Even the non- chronological way of story telling could be appreciated as it tried to contrast certain events in Edith Piaf’s life. Showing moments when she is partying hard and the next, in a mere 20 odd years, she is old fragile lady paying the price of the hard hitting life she had. It also shows how her “tramp-like” character remained unchanged even through the riches and times.

There are also two other elements that stood out for this movie and it didn’t go unnoticed by the Oscars committee. The achievement in make up which subtly transformed the songstress through the ages in a believable fashion and Marion Cotillard who gave a performance that was a drastic change from other memorable roles that she had undertaken before; made her a worthy Best Actress nominee for this year Oscar.




There is nothing to complain about for the disc’s visual transfer. However there is only the original French audio track and English or Chinese subtitles to choose from.



Review by Richard Lim Jr


. La Vie En Rose (Movie Review)

. La Vie En Rose (Soundtrack Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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