La Vie en Rose (2007) 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…
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La Vie en Rose (2007)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 13, 2007; DVD Release Date: Nov 13, 2007; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Biography, Drama, Foreign Language; With: Marion Cotillard and Gerard Depardieu; Distributor: Picturehouse

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+

Originally posted Nov 09, 2007 Published in issue #964 Nov 16, 2007 Order article reprints