Kerrie Mitchell
November 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

La Vie en Rose

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
140 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/08/07
performer
Marion Cotillard, Gerard Depardieu, Sylvie Testud
director
Olivier Dahan
distributor
Picturehouse
author
Olivier Dahan, Isabelle Sobelman
genre
Drama, Biography, Foreign Language

We gave it a B+

The life of French chanteuse Edith Piaf (Cotillard) had it all: grim childhood, adoring fame, fall into addiction. But La Vie en Rose shakes up the musical-bio clichés by avoiding one narrative thread, instead offering almost dreamlike glimpses into Piaf’s tragic existence and tremendous talent. The results don’t always mesh — side characters like Depardieu’s nightclub owner aimlessly drift in and out — but the film gets a boost from Cotillard’s breathtaking performance. EXTRAS A quickie doc takes time to talk makeup; we’d rather hear more about its leading lady. B+

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