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Writer/director Olivier Dahan Crimson Rivers II helmed La Vie en Rose, the screen biopic of tragic French songstress Edith Piaf. Marion Cotillard portrays Piaf, the superstar 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 ...
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Writer/director Olivier Dahan Crimson Rivers II helmed La Vie en Rose, the screen biopic of tragic French songstress Edith Piaf. Marion Cotillard portrays Piaf, the superstar 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 championship bout in mid-'40s New York; her period in Hollywood during the '50s; 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 1951 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 like Billie Holiday to funnel personal tragedy and emotional struggles into her vocalizations -- dazzling audiences in the process.
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Special Features

Stepping Into Character - featurette detailing Marion Cotillard's amazing transformation into Édith Piaf
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When Marion Cotillard won the Best Actress Oscar for La Vie en Rose, it was one of the least-seen Best Actress performances in history, up there with Jessica Lange for Blue Sky. The win also left some pundits blaming that year's low TV ratings on a disconnect between Academy voters and the tastes of their audiences. But anyone familiar with Cotillard's earlier career -- an even smaller list -- would marvel at the utter transformation she underwent to portray Edith Piaf during the most sputtering, sallow, and irascible stages of her life. And that's just one of the ways in which recognizing Cotillard is consistent with Oscar standards. Beautiful enough to make her living as a model, Cotillard was just past 30 when she played Piaf. Yet her performance is so ragged and lived-in, it's hard to believe the singer was as young as 47 when liver cancer claimed her. Thanks also go to the Oscar-winning makeup by Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald. As saucy as her characterization is, and as precisely as she impersonates Piaf's emotive showmanship, Cotillard does not have to carry this film, thanks to the terrific production design and the bravura of director Olivier Dahan. He's strong throughout, smoothly transitioning the action through the years to the tune of Piaf's incomparable voice. But in one particular sequence, when Piaf learns that her lover has died in a plane crash, he sustains a single traveling shot through her apartment, taking in her range of deteriorating emotions over the course of several minutes. It's in the same category of achievement as the more widely celebrated long takes in Children of Men and Atonement. La Vie en Rose is a biopic that's world-class in every sense, and Oscar's ability to recognize that says more, rather than less, about its contemporary relevance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • UPC: 026359441226
  • Original Release: 2007
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:21:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marion Cotillard Edith Piaf
Sylvie Testud Momone
Pascal Greggory Louis Barrier
Emmanuelle Seigner Titine
Jean-Paul Rouve Louis Gassion, Edith's Father
Clotilde Courau Anetta, Edith's Mother
Jean-Pierre Martins Marcel Cerdan
Catherine Allegret Louise
Marc Barbé Raymond Asso
Gérard Depardieu Louis Leplée
Cassandre Berger Voice Only
Caroline Sihol Marlene Dietrich
Pauline Burlet Edith Piaf (Aged 10)
Elisabeth Commelin Danielle Bonel
Caroline Raynaud Ginou
Marie-Armelle de Guy Marguerite Monnot
Valeria Moreau Jeanne
Jean-Paul Muel Bruno Coquatrix
André Penvern Jacques Canetti
Mario Hacquard Charles Dumont
Aubert Fenoy Michel Emer
Felix Belleau Robert Juel
Ashley Wanninger Leplée's Assistant
Nathalie Dorval Mireille
Chantal Bronner Josette
Cylia Malki Philipo
Nathalie Dahan Yvonne
Laurent Olmedo Jacques Pills
Harry Hadden-Paton Doug Davis
Laurent Schilling Claude
Dominique Bettenfeld Albert
Edith Le Merdy Simone Margantin
Josette Menard Mamy
Emy Levy Brothel Girl
Lucie Stainkrycher Brothel Girl
Vera Havelková Brothel Girl
Jan Kuzelka Brothel Client
Dominique Paturel Lucien Roupp
Nicholas Pritchard Jameson
William Armstrong Clifford Fisher
Martin Sochor O'Dett Spectator
Frederique Smetana O'Dett Spectator
Lenka Kourilova O'Dett Spectator
Pierre Derenne Little Louis
Jan Filipensky Fire Eater
Laura Menini Circus Dancer
Oldrich Hurych Clown
Mathias Honore Mr. Loyal
Diana Stewart American
Jean-Jacques Desplanque Tony Zale
Alain Figlarz Trainer
Robert Paturel Man On Corner
Alban Casterman Charles Aznavour
Olivier Cruveiller Inspector Guillaume
Sébastien Tavel Interviewer
Agathe Bodin Suzanne
Nicole Dubois Dressmaker
Martin Janis Jean Mermoz
Eric Franquelin Etienne
Marc Chapiteau Mitty Goldin
Maureen Demidof Marcelle
Philippe Bricard Man At Lannes
Olivier Raoux Waiter
Nathalie Cox Pin-Up
Pierre Peyrichout Journalist
Helena Gabrielova Drunken Woman
Jaroslav Vizner Party Man
Sophie Knitti Bar Client
Helene Genet Bar Client
Farida Amrouche Aicha
Liliane Cebrian Mind-Reader
Nicolas Simon Church Journalist
Pascal Mottier Boy
Thierry Guibault Ostende Doctor
Garick Hagon American Doctor
Ginou Richer Neighbour
Vladimir Javorsky Spectator In Street
Denis Menochet Orly Journalist
David Jahn Soldier
Sylvie Guichenuy Woman In Street
Fabien Duval Policeman
Pauline Nemcova USA Journalist
Maya Barsony Girl In Bar
Rodolphe Saulnier Barman
Fedele Papalia Fast Food Waiter
Zdena Herforova Woman At Café Etiole
Pier Luigi Colombetti Pub Customer
Olivier Carbone Transvestite
Laurence Gormezano Pub Waitress
Christophe Kourotchkine Policeman
Christophe Odent Dr. Bernay
Robert Nebrensky Doctor At Dreux
Jaromir Janácek Dreux Festival Director
Christopher Gunning Orchestra Leader
Richard Hein Orchestra Leader
Elliot Dahan Child
Isaac Dahan Child
Jil Aigrot Voice Only
Manon Chevallier Edith Piaf (Aged 5)
Technical Credits
Olivier Dahan Director, Screenwriter
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Timothy Burrill Co-producer
Olivier Carbone Casting
Stephane Cressend Art Director
Marc Dosine Sound Mixer
Edouard Dubois Musical Direction/Supervision
E.M. Costa Ellis Makeup
Ilan Goldman Producer
Christopher Gunning Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Mathias Honore Asst. Director
Jean-Paul Hurier Sound/Sound Designer
Nikolas Javelle Sound Editor
Marc Jenny Co-producer
Petra Kobedova Art Director
Didier Lavergne Makeup
Oldrich Mach Asst. Director
Olda Mach Co-producer
Richard Marizy Editor
Catherine Morisse Associate Producer
Tetsuo Nagata Cinematographer
Gaël Nicolas Sound Editor
Gabriela Polakova Makeup
Michal Prikryl Production Manager
Olivier Raoux Art Director
Isabelle Sobelman Screenwriter
Marc Vade Production Manager
Cecile Vatelot Art Director
Pascal Villard Sound Editor
Laurent Zeilig Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- La Vie en Rose [Extended Version]
1. Heaven Have Mercy [9:04]
2. Keeping Édith [12:33]
3. Carried Away by the Crowd [8:29]
4. That's My Daughter [9:34]
5. Louis Leplée [10:34]
6. The Sparrow [9:32]
7. Back to Chalons [9:58]
8. Triumph [10:14]
9. In a World Apart [8:08]
10. One More Song [10:57]
11. Willing to Sacrifice All [13:19]
12. California Sun [7:03]
13. Everyone's Here [8:39]
14. The Curtain Goes Up [6:54]
15. Credits [5:17]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- La Vie en Rose [Extended Version]
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   Chapters
   Languages
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Subtitles Off
   Bonus Feature
      Stepping Into Character
         Subtitles: English
         Subtitles: Spanish
         Subtitles Off
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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    A Must See Movie for All Music Lovers

    Edith Piaf's rise from extreme poverty to greatness is vividly depicted in this movie. A particularly moving portion of the movie reveals that Edith's alcoholic mother abandoned her while her father was off to war. When he returns, he finds his daughter sick and malnourished so he drops her off at a house of prostitution. There, the prostitutes learn to love Edith and rush her to a hospital when her health declines, probably saving her life. Piaf's voice is unusual in that it project feelings so intensely, listeners unfamiliar with the French language can still receive the full impact of her messages. Like Enrico Caruso, there may never be another Edith Piaf, someone worshiped by billions including Kings, Presidents and Premiers. If Edith Piaf was an American alive today, she would be more famous than Britney Spears and Linsay Lohan combined.

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    Posted October 1, 2010

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    That 'La Môme' AKA 'La Vie En Rose' is a triumph for actress Marion Cotillard who manages to inhabit the persona of Édith Piaf is a given. This is a powerful, deeply moving tribute to a musical phenomenon whose impact on the world remains as heady as during her short lifetime (December 19, 1915-October 11, 1963). She remains a French icon but her singing and her life belong to the world: who can resist her "poignant ballads performed in a heartbreaking voice", the result of her life as an unwanted child, raised in a brothel, starting her career as a street singer with her circus contortionist father only to be discovered and given the opportunity to sing in a cabaret, a move that brought her to the attention of the world and made her one of the most sought after singers on the world's stages? No matter the degree of involvement in music, everyone has heard and reacted to her most famous songs 'La vie en rose', 'Hymne à l'amour', 'Milord', ' and of course her signature song 'Non, je ne regrette rien'. Writer/director Olivier Dahan (with assist from Isabelle Sobelman) has elected to present Piaf's impact on the world not as a linear biopic but rather as fragments from her existence as a child protected in a brothel by prostitute Titine (Emmanuelle Seigner), her life as a street singer with her pal Mômone (Sylvie Testud), her 'discovery' by Louis Leplée (Gérard Depardieu), her descent into alcoholism and drug addiction after the loss of the love of her life - a married boxer Marcel Cerdan (Jean-Pierre Martins), and her eventual fame in New York. Oddly the impact she had on the French people during World War II is ignored and there are other large chunks of her life story that are missing. But in the end the fragments we are given allow us to empathize and understand the persona of Édith Piaf, and that makes any other misgiving irrelevant. Devan obviously found the perfect actress in Marion Cotillard ('A Very Long Engagement', 'A Good Life', 'Pretty Things', etc) whose immersion in the role is breathtakingly brilliant. The feature accompanying the film on the DVD (already 141 minutes in length!) allows us to see and hear the manner in which Devan and Cotillard recreated Piaf in makeup, costume, body language and of course impeccable lip-syncing of Piaf's songs. This is a film that lingers in the mind not only as a memory of a great artist but also as a reminder of how even the most broken of spirits can survive and succeed. Stunning! Grady Harp

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This was a really well made film. It won at the Seattle International Film Festival and was re-released that same autumn at the Egyuptian Theatre. Marion Cotillard was excellent and gave a great performance.

    Incidentally, this is what I had wished for Audrey Tatou's equally good performance in 'Coco before Channel' but she suffered from writer's cramp in my opinion.

    Both women, Edith Piaf and Coco Chanel, came from the dank streets of the Parisian underworld labor and rose in the classic age to notoriety.

    Once again well done,
    Lo doth the Beastdragon walketh and beholdeth

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful!

    Beautiful movie! Exceptional performances. Makes you think about how difficult life was then and still is. <BR/>Wonderfully inspirational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mrs. Dianela Miller : " I WILL watch it AGAIN! "

    Undoubtedly, a new and rising performer, French beauty,Marion Cotillard, portrays the legendary composer-interpreter, Edith Piaf, France's incomparable voice of a century! A fresh, uplifting anecdotal biography of Piaf's life and contributions as songstress! This cinematic drama illustrates France's post- revolutionary period, a transition to hope. The hardships the multitude phase, the austerity, disease- infested homeless in the ghetto,they sing, beg, drink, steal, all cluster in the destroyed alleyways. In this town, Edith Piaf was Born,the little girl is mistreated by her alcoholic mother. Her mother takes of, a lady of the streets, neglects young Edith. Edith is malnirtured, and has poor healh. Her father returns from war, finds Edith abandoned, and very ill. He becomes enraged and takes the infant with him, from this town, to a brothel! He takes off on duty once again and leaves his daughter in the care of the ladies at the Brothel House. Edith's health worsenes, she looses her site for a while,. Luckily, the brothel ladies grow fond of the little girl, and rush her to the doctor. The girls bond with little Edith, giving her a sense of belonging, they become her new family. Edith father returns and takes her with him. Edith's father visions to make money with the traveling circus. He attempts to entertain hundreds of excited Spectators, life is scarce for many still, and his plans do not turn well, it's hard to get an audience... plus he lacks talent. He starts losing patience, and one day, young Edith jumps in and incorporates into his act, she is charming and the audience like her as she entertaines, sings. She shows a natural talent, her voice is admired by the Spectators. She is happy amusing the crowds, with her genuine sparkly personality, and she enjoys helping her father. They continue on the road without much luck, couple of years more, they return to the her town. She is surrownded by all, the bumps where she lived, and to the fast changing busy city that exhibit grand crescent buildings, a metropolitan rhythm. A joyous extravagant few adorn themselves with trendy commodities, eagerly welcome, the evolving era, with it's modern splendor, new fashions,and uprising, tasty music and entertainment.Her father grows sour, disdainful at his failures Edith starts growing into her adolescence. She meets her best friend, and the gils partner up, catching random gigs, singing on busy streets and corner bars. Edith lives with her father at first, but then she decides to be on her own. She also bumps into her estranged mother, who hasn't changed her shameless ways in the least, except, her aged unforgiving skin has taken a toll. Her mother lingers around her, begs Edith for money to suffice her alcoholism, food, and other habits. Edith sees thet her mother is selfish, and she is quick to get away from her. She is in her late teens, on her own just fine,at ease..her infant years neglected and on the go have made her confident and independent...with an adamant drive to wander! She confides in her best friend, She finaly finds herself rurrounded by a handful of friends,her drinking comarades. She is not beautiful, but she posseses a presence that peaks when provoked! She sings, her voice floureshes, charming the crowds at the local pubs! She sings about life... and to Life! ...To the ups-and- downs, ...and the casual lovers. She drinks,... sings A paced, stretched-momentum... in syncopating beat, after another drunken toast, ...smeared nights at the bar Singing popular radio songs, conveying the lyrics on a pallete of in-between hues, ...rough, and impregnating. She is young and jolts thru life ...defying her limits. She lives in the sreets on and off, an adventurous bum she is, ... Fierce and Immuned to the richman's delirum, as shes embraces the poorman's clear conscious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    La môme a delight for french competent Piafofiles

    The display of talent by Marion Cotillard is memorable. If you speak french or understand enough, she reminds you entirely of Edith Piaf whom I remember from the 1960's.The subtitles do not always do justice to the French script and therein lies the need for French. Every scene is a tour de force and as docudramas go, one of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb Look at a Great Star

    La Vie en Rose is one of the best films I have seen this year. It tells the true story of Edith Piaf, a woman who was born into poverty and rose to great success using the "only gift she had", her voice. Marion Cotillard gives an astounding performance as Piaf, whose voice became known as "the soul of Paris" and whose life became a constant struggle to sing and survive constant trials and triumphs. Beautfiully filmed with an electrifying performance by Marion Cotillard who makes one of the great icons of the 20th century a real flesh-and-blood human being. Cotillard definately deserves the Oscar for her brilliant and inspired performance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL FILM

    This film so so wonderfully done, in every way. Even if you do not know who Piaf was, that doesn't matter at all. If you do know then it is all the more interesting. First Rate all the way. Couldn't stop talking about this film afterward and have recommended it to everyone I know that appreciates movies, music and biographies.

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