The life of French chanteuse Edith Piaf (Cotillard) had it all: grim childhood, adoring fame, fall into addiction. But La Vie en Rose shakes up the musical-bio clichés by avoiding one narrative thread, instead offering almost dreamlike glimpses into Piaf’s tragic existence and tremendous talent. The results don’t always mesh — side characters like Depardieu’s nightclub owner aimlessly drift in and out — but the film gets a boost from Cotillard’s breathtaking performance. EXTRAS A quickie doc takes time to talk makeup; we’d rather hear more about its leading lady. B+
Genre: Drama, Biography, Foreign Language; Starring: Marion Cotillard, Gerard Depardieu, Sylvie Testud; Director: Olivier Dahan; Author: Olivier Dahan, Isabelle Sobelman; Runtime (in minutes): 140; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Picturehouse
Posted November 9 2007 — 12:00 AM EST
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