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La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 149
Fresh: 110 | Rotten: 39

The set design and cinematography are impressive, but the real achievement of La Vie en Rose is Marion Cotillard's mesmerizing, wholly convincing performance as Edith Piaf.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 16

The set design and cinematography are impressive, but the real achievement of La Vie en Rose is Marion Cotillard's mesmerizing, wholly convincing performance as Edith Piaf.



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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


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Olivier Dahan

Nov 13, 2007


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All Critics (153) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (110) | Rotten (39) | DVD (14)

This isn't the first time Piaf's life has been brought to the screen and it probably won't be the last, but Cotillard makes this particular version stand apart.

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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This is a surreal and exhausting experience.

July 6, 2007
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Marion Cotillard tears up all the available scenery in this overblown, achronological biopic of French pop singer Edith Piaf.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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La Vie is a movie so frantic to get to it all that nothing is more than touched on.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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This kind of heightened drama might not work in most movies, but it suits its larger-than-life subject: Dahan's La Vie is the movie equivalent of a torch song.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Dahan makes us wait for the cathartic release until the very end; the effect is not manipulative but absolutely exhilarating.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Even if you're like me and find most musical biopics depressingly formulaic, you might think Oliver Dahan's Edith Piaf movie is a slight cut above.

September 12, 2010 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

The French, as is widely known, adore suffering. That's why they love Leonard Cohen, Bud Powell, and Jim Thompson.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

No regrets for Cottilard's dedication, but plenty for the clichéd pap of the biopic genre

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

In La Vie en Rose, Marion Cotillard has the role of a lifetime. And she relishes it.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Quite simply, is the best movie I have seen all year.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source:

Marion Cotillard's Oscar win? Totally justified...Many questions remain for those of us unschooled in Piaf lore. I was confused by some of the causes even as I felt the emotional effects, thanks to deep performances.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Much like the colorful life of the film's subject, La Vie en Rose explores the strange and emotional life of torch singer Edith Piaf and gives Marion Cotillard an Oscar for her tremendous performance.

July 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Cotillard joins Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) in so completely embodying a role that it seems more possession than performance.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Gazette

Here is what made the woman tick, if you need facts, find them in a book, if you want to understand her soul, see this film

February 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Acaba funcionando mais como atestado do talento de sua protagonista, Marion Cotillard, do que como um tributo digno da magnífica cantora que esta interpreta.

January 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Marion Cotillard is the only reason to sit through La Vie En Rose, a biopic that compounds its basic tediousness by fracturing its narrative in a vain effort to mask a stale rise-and-fall arc.

December 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comment (1)
Lessons of Darkness

Edith Piaf has plenty of tragedy in her life, so the movie is dark and moody, but it's compelling and Marion Cotillard's performance is impossible to forget.

December 29, 2007 Full Review Source:

It's a mixed bag, snippets of Piaf's life in no particular order, crowned by one fantastic performance by Cotillard.

December 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Dahan's film is less an ode or a valentine, more of a spectacle of pity, mainly worth watching for Cotillard.

November 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

A relentlessly-depressing, warts-and-all biopic which depicts the untimely demise of a diva due to the toll taken on her body and soul by a combination of unfortunate disasters.

November 12, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

French Edith Piaf biopic sings one lady's blues.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Marion Cotillard is perfection itself in this role.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

... one of the best films about a great artist to be made since Milos Forman's Amadeus. Cotillard deserves an Oscar.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Expect nominations for this film.

August 18, 2007 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Audience Reviews for La Vie en Rose (La Mome)

LA VIE EN ROSE may translate as âLife in Pinkâ?, but donâ(TM)t be deceived. This is, at times, a very depressing film, and rarely is it as upbeat as its title promises. Had the title not been a reference to Piafâ(TM)s best-recognized work, it probably would have been titled La Vie en noirâ"â?Life in Blackâ?. The film opens with âNon, je ne regrette rienâ? (No, I have no regrets), an soulful ballad, and then immediately takes off to narrate the life of a girl whose life is dangling by the thread of her wonderful voice. Marion Cotillard (INCEPTION, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS) is utterly mind-blowing here in her tour-de-force portrayal of the main character. She is 100% convincing as both a young adult and a middle-aged woman. The makeup used to manipulate her beyond Cotillard actual age is a bit flawed, but looking at other life stories that have given this mistake a new definition (i.e. J. EDGAR, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON), it seems all right. More pertinently, she succeeds greatly at lip-synching to the songs of Ădith Piaf. Perfect in almost every possible respect, this is an absolute must-see. Non, je ne regrette rien for seeing this.

April 28, 2012

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La Vie en Rose needs more than one viewing to understand what the filmmakers are trying to say. I loved the way Olivier Dahan took Edith Piaf's life, and took it for what it was. Her life is a very depressing and sad story with happiness and relevant parts scattered throughout. Basically, the life of famed french singer Edith Piaf is life is like a scattered puzzle. Random pieces are found when we are looking for something else. The movie really tries to show the way she lived her life in the way they put the film together. It jumps back and forth, sometimes without giving timelines, she's old in one scene, and young in the next. While I was watching the film, I got very confused, and near the end of it's almost 2.5 hour running time, I felt like the film was starting to drag. Maybe that's partly because I didn't understand the film for what it was.

The cinematography, the sets, the art direction, and costumes were all very impressive. The music was wonderful and made me feel like I was in Paris. Edith Piaf's voice is just marvellous and I think it can connect with anyone no matter who they are. But I think the main reason this film is a must see is for no other reason than Marion Cotillard. I only have one word for that performance as Edith Piaf: Jaw-dropping. She simply becomes Piaf. I mean there is no Marion Cotillard in there, it's all Piaf. That performance is probably one of the best of the last decade. So overall, La Vie en Rose is an artsy, sad and depressing biopic on France's famed singer Edith Piaf with a simply mesmerizing performance from Marion Cotillard.
January 13, 2012
Raymond Wieser

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Good lead performance in a very average bio pic.
December 24, 2011
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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La Vie En Rose is an incredible biopic on famed French singer Edith Piaf. Brilliantly acted and directed, Edith Piaf is wonderfully portrayed by actress Marion Cotillard who delivers the greatest performance of her career. La Vie En Rose is a phenomenal drama film, and it portrays the struggles and sadness of singer Edith Piaf perfectly. An incredible film that is brilliantly acted, directed and above all, told is captured on film. The result is a flawless film that depicts a sad individual. Edith Piaf led a turmoiled life, and every bit of it is brilliantly captured on film. The result is quite possibly the greatest biopic ever filmed. Marion Cotillard is the perfect choice to play Edith Piaf, and she really looks the part. I think she definitely deserved the Oscar for her performance. The rest of the cast do a terrific job as well, and each of them brings something truly wonderful to this already impressive work. La Vie En Rose is a phenomenal portrait of a singer who led a melancholic lifestyle. A superb film in every respect, La Vie En Rose is one of the essential biopics and not since Clint Eastwood's Bird has a picture been this vivid in showing the conflicted and troubled side of famed artist. This is a powerful film, and one that you won't easily forget. You'll come to understand Edith Piaf and her struggles, but you'll also admire her gifts. A beautiful and stunning film.
August 8, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. USA Journalist: If you were to give advice to a woman, what would it be?
    2. Edith Piaf: Love.
    3. USA Journalist: To a young girl?
    4. Edith Piaf: Love.
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