La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for substance abuse, sexual content, brief nudity, language and thematic elements)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Isabelle Sobelman, Olivier Dahan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 13, 2007
Box Office: $10.1M
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as Edith Piaf

as Mômone

as Louis Gassion

as Louis Leplée

as Louis Barrier

as Raymond Asso

as Marcel Cerdan

as Anetta Gassion

as Child Piaf (Singing ...

as Marlene Dietrich

as Edith Piaf (Aged 10)

as Charlez Aznavour

as Danielle Bonel

as Marguerite Monnot

as Bruno Coquatrix

as Jacques Canetti

as Charles Dumont

as Michel Emer

as Robert Juel

as Leplée's Assistant

as Philipo

as Jacques Pills

as Simone Margantin

as Brothel Girl

as Brothel Girl

as Brothel Girl

as Brothel Client

as Lucien Roupp

as Clifford Fisher

as O'Dett Spectator

as O'Dett Spectator

as O'Dett Spectator

as Little Louis

as Fire Eater

as Circus Dancer

as Mr. Loyal

as American

as Trainer

as Man On Corner

as Inspector Guillaume

as Interviewer

as Suzanne

as Dressmaker

as Jean Mermoz

as Mitty Goldin

as Man At Lannes

as Pin-Up

as Drunken Woman

as Party Man

as Bar Client

as Bar Client

as Mind-Reader

as Church Journalist

as Ostende Doctor

as American Doctor

as Neighbour

as Spectator In Street

as Orly Journalist

as Soldier

as Woman In Street

as Policeman

as USA Journalist

as Girl In Bar

as Fast Food Waiter

as Woman At Café Etiole

as Transvestite

as Pub Waitress

as Dr. Bernay

as Doctor At Dreux

as Dreux Festival Direc...

as Orchestra Leader

as Orchestra Leader

as Edith Piaf's Singing...

as Edith Piaf (Aged 5)
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Critic Reviews for La Vie en Rose (La Mome)

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (45)

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.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2010

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

Full Review… | May 5, 2010
East Bay Express

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

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

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

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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

Full Review… | August 25, 2008

Audience Reviews for La Vie en Rose (La Mome)

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.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

Good lead performance in a very average bio pic.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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