A biopic about the French singer Edith
The film was written and directed by
Olivier Dahan, and starred Marion
Cotillard as Piaf.
Marion Cotillard won 7 major Best
Actress Awards for her portrayal of Édith
Piaf in La Vie en Rose.
In some shots the true voice of Marion
Cotillard is heard, but most of the time
the play-back with the voice of Edith Piaf
Biography of the famous French singer
Edith Piaf (1915-1963): her childhood, her
teenage years and her ascension to glory.
From the slums of Paris to the limelight
of New York.
Edith Piaf's life was a struggle for
survival and love. She grew up amid
poverty but her magical voice and her
passionate romances and friendships with
the great personalities of the era made
her a global star.
Marion Cotillard portrays Piaf, the
once raised as a young girl by her
grandmother in a Normandy bordello.
Then discovered on a French street corner -
as a complete unknown – by cabaret
proprietor Louis Leplée (Gérard Depardieu)
The film segues breezily between various
episodes from Piaf's life,
such as her lover, French boxer Marcel
Cerdan's (Jean-Pierre Martins)her period in
Hollywood during the '50s;
In contrast the film also shows
Piaf's abandonment as a young girl by her
contortionist father (and earlier by her mother,
a street singer)
Her brushes with the law as an adult; and her car accident
and subsequent morphine addiction that caused her to age
well beyond her years and left her barely mobile; and,
through it all, her ability to funnel personal tragedy and
emotional struggles into her vocalizations -- dazzling
audiences in the process
The interpretive power of Marion in the
character of Edith.
Soundtrack… Piaf’ songs are the reflection
of each moment of her life
The great skill of the director and the writer
of scripts to move with the speech of each of
The passion and intensity for life, for acting
The madness of loving what you do and give
everything in life.