Of the three major films made about Edith Piaf, this is by far the best. There are simply not enough superlatives in the book to describe it. I would defy anyone to to watch this and not shed tears. There are flaws, of course. The director in his wisdom omits Piaf's heroism duting World War II, and the key men in Piaf's life are for some reason overlooked: Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Jaubert, Cocteau, and even second husband Theo Sarapo only gets a cursory mention. The magic of the film is the voice--thankfully we hear the real Piaf--and Mme Cotillard, who more than portrays Piaf, she BECOMES her. We also hear Piaf's idol, Damia! The scenes covering Piaf's last days in Cannes are truly heartbreaking. And so I give a word of warning to other producers. Don't even THINK of making another Piaf biopic, for this one will NEVER be bettered!
David Bret's "Piaf, A Passionate Life", is also available at Amazon