Vie en Rose

Vie en Rose

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Director: Olivier Dahan

Cast: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory


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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 -See more details below


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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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:
Original Release:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Special Features

Stepping Into Character - featurette detailing Marion Cotillard's amazing transformation into Édith Piaf

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 Child Piaf (Singing Voice)
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 Edith Piaf's Singing Voice
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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