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La Vie En Rose (2007)

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Biography, Drama, Music |

La Vie en Rose is a French biographical musical film about the life of French singer Édith Piaf. The film was co-written and directed by Olivier Dahan, and stars Marion Cotillard as Piaf. The UK and US title La Vie en Rose comes from Piaf’s signature song.

Cotillard’s performance earned her several accolades including the Academy Award for Best Actress — marking the first time an Oscar had been given for a French-language role — the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the César Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Makeup, the BAFTA Award for Best Makeup, Costume Design, Film Music, four additional César Awards and grossed $86.3 million worldwide.

The film is structured as a largely non-linear series of key events from the life of Édith Piaf. The film begins with elements from her childhood, and at the end with the events prior to and surrounding her death, poignantly juxtaposed by a performance of her song, “Non, je ne regrette rien”.

The film opens with Édith as a small child in 1918. Her mother stands across the alley singing, busking for change. Édith’s mother writes to her child’s father, the acrobat, who is fighting in the trenches of World War I battlefields, informing him that she is leaving Édith with her mother so she can pursue the life of the artist. Her father returns to Paris and scoops up a sick Édith, then in turn leaves the child with his own mother, who is a madam of a brothel in Normandy.

Director: Olivier Dahan

Writers: Isabelle Sobelman, Olivier Dahan

Stars: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gérard Depardieu, Clotilde Courau

Cast:

Marion CotillardEdith Piaf
Sylvie TestudMômone
Pascal GreggoryLouis Barrier
Emmanuelle SeignerTitine
Jean-Paul RouveLouis Gassion
Gérard DepardieuLouis Leplée
Clotilde CourauAnetta
Jean-Pierre MartinsMarcel Cerdan
Catherine AllégretLouise
Marc BarbéRaymond Asso
Caroline SilholMarlene Dietrich
Manon ChevallierEdith – 5 years old
Pauline BurletEdith – 10 years old
Élisabeth CommelinDanielle Bonel (as Elisabeth Commelin)
Marc GannotMarc Bonel
Caroline RaynaudGinou
Marie-Armelle DeguyMarguerite Monnot
Valérie MoreauJeanne
Jean-Paul MuelBruno Coquatrix
André PenvernJacques Canetti
Mario HacquardCharles Dumont
Aubert FenoyMichel Emer
Félix BelleauRobert Juel
Ashley WanningerLeplée’s assistant
Nathalie DorvalMireille
Chantal BronnerJosette
Cylia MalkiPhilipo
Nathalie DahanYvonne
Laurent OlmedoJacques Pills
Harry Hadden-PatonDoug Davis
Laurent SchillingClaude
Dominique BettenfeldAlbert
Édith Le MerdySimone Margantin
Josette MénardMamy
Emy LévyBrothel girl 1
Laura StainkrycerBrothel girl 2 (as Laura Stainkrycher)
Lucie BrezovskáBrothel girl 3
Vera HavelkováBrothel girl 4
Jan KuzelkaBrothel customer
Dominique PaturelLucien Roupp
Nicholas PritchardJameson
William ArmstrongClifford Fisher
Martin SochorO’Dett audience member
Frederika SmetanaO’Dett audience member (as Frédérique Smetana)
Lenka KourilovaO’Dett audience member
Pierre DerenneP’tit Louis
Jan FilipenskýFire eater (as Jan Filipensky)
Lara MeniniCircus dancer (as Laura Menini)
Oldrich HurychClown
Mathias HonoréM. Loyal
Diana StewartAmerican woman
Jean-Jacques DesplanqueTony Zale
Alain FiglarzBoxing trainer
Robert PaturelBoxing ring corner-man
Alban CastermanCharles Aznavour
Olivier CruveillerInspecteur Guillaume
Sébastien TavelInterviewer
Agathe BodinSuzanne
Nicole DuboisSeamstress
Martin JanisJean Mermoz
Eric FranquelinEtienne
Marc ChapiteauMitty Goldin
Maureen DemidofMarcelle
Philippe BricardMan in Lannes
Olivier RaouxWaiter
Nathalie CoxPin-up
Pierre PeyrichoutJournalist
Helena GabrielováDrunk woman
Jaroslav VíznerNew year’s eve man
Sophie KnittlBar customer
Hélène GenetBar customer
Farida AmroucheAïcha
Liliane CebrianPalm reader
Nicolas SimonJournalist by the church
Pascal MottierBoy
Thierry GibaultOstende doctor (as Thierry Guibault)
Garrick HagonAmerican doctor
Ginou RicherNeighbor
Vladimír JavorskýStreet spectator
Denis MénochetJournalist in Orly
David JahnA soldier
Sylvie GuichenuyA woman in the street
Fabien DuvalPoliceman
Maya BarsonyGirl at the bar counter
Paulina NemcovaAmerican journalist
Rodolphe SaulnierBarman
Fédélé PapaliaDiner waiter (as Fedele Papalia)
Zdena HerfortováWoman Etoile Cafe
Pier Luigi ColombettiBrasserie owner
Olivier CarboneTransvestite
Laurence GormezanoBrasserie waitress
Christophe KourotchkineCivilian policeman
Christophe OdentDr. Bernay
Robert NebrenskýDocteur in Dreux
Jaromír JanecekShow manager in Dreux
Christopher GunningOrchestra conductor
Richard HeinOrchestra conductor
Elliot DahanChild
Isaac DahanChild
Jil AigrotEdith Piaf (singing voice)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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