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La Vie En Rose

Catherine Allegret , Marion Cotillard , Olivier Dahan    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Catherine Allegret, Marion Cotillard, Clotilde Courau, Gerard Depardieu, Pascal Greggory
  • Directors: Olivier Dahan
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: CD
  • Run Time: 134.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KYAU6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,732 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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la vie en rose e' ambientato in francia e a praga, ripercorre i drammi e le gioie di una delle leggende della canzone francese e internazionale, edith piaf. nata nei sobborghi parigini, la diva diventa famosissima fin da giovane. la sua voce, caratterizzata da mille sfumature, era in grado di passare da toni aspri a toni dolcissimi. molte le sfortune e i fatti negativi: incidenti stradali, coma epatici, interventi chirurgici, delirium tremens e anche un tentativo di suicidio. la pellicola di dahan ricostruisce bene una delle sue ultime apparizioni pubbliche in cui appare piccola e ricurva, con le mani deformate dall'artrite e con radi capelli. solo una cosa era rimasta inalterata e splendida: la sua voce.


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105 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhausting! 13 Sep 2007
By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Don't plan to see this film and then go out for a lively night on the town. You will be so spent after the one hundred forty-one minutes of this gut-wrenching film that when the lights come on at the end, you'll need a minute to figure out where you are, and then additional downtime to process all you've seen. Days later, you'll still be thinking about this slice of life--and Piaf.

Piaf's story is well known to her long-time fans--brought up in a brothel, wrested from the only life she knew by her father so they could join the circus, her teen years on the streets, her "rescue" by a crime figure who gave her the start to her career, and, ultimately, her international success and final illness. She was always frail, sickly, malnourished, and wildly temperamental. She was often on drugs or alcohol, and she was always in search of true love (not finding it till late in her life). All this is depicted here with its horrors and its rare moments of tenderness, the cinematography (Tetsuo Nagata) so brilliant that the realistic, dark settings invite the reader's emotional entry into them and exploration of them.

Marion Cotillard becomes Piaf, a physical likeness that is uncanny in its realism (one wonders if she can ever play another part without conjuring up Piaf's image), and her emotional connection to Piaf's music is total. Her song performances are absolutely flawless, as are her gestures, and the only clue that she is lip-synching is the unmistakable Piaf voice that emerges from her mouth. Louis Leplee (Gerard Depardieu), the nightclub owner whose murder by organized crime draws Edith in for questioning, shows the genuine care he has for Edith and the tough face of a man who has seen and done it all.
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117 of 119 people found the following review helpful
By Andy Millward VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Let's start with the cliche. This one happens to be true, so believe it: Marion Cotillard is every bit as awesome as you have already heard - she doesn't act Piaf, she IS Piaf!! Not only that, but she captures and bottles the singer through her formative years as an unknown street singer forking out protection money to a pimp, through her arrogant stardom and many tragedies, to sad and embittered old age (a relative concept since Piaf died before her 50th birthday with an abused body and the appearance of a 95-year old.) If Cotillard does not win Best Actress Oscar by a country mile, it will be proof positive of the unreasonable prejudice against foreign language films by the Hollywood establishment - there has not been a finer display of acting these past 30 years.

As for the film, it has its highs. In particular, the ambiance of Piaf's early years in Normandy and Paris have been captured to a tee. There are also fine cameo moments, such as Piaf's relationship with Marcel Cerdan and the shocking footage of her alcoholism and drug abuse. But a number of scenes may leave the audience slightly baffled, other than adding padding!

The wayward timeshifts in La Vie En Rose are a trifle bizarre, though some make sense - using the imagery of Milord to pinpoint her life as a young girl in a brothel run by her cold-hearted madame of a grandmother. The script also uses the splintered brain of the dying singer to pick out a kaleidoscope of images from her past. Inevitably, a big screen biopic omits many critical moments and rewrites history for dramatic effect, but here the emphasis is strongly on building up a portfolio of evidence for the woman and the hows and whys within her background.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Bret, Edith Piaf's biographer, says:- 27 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
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
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Performance Ever! 9 Dec 2007
Format:DVD
I defy you not to be blown away by Marion Cotillard who gives the performance of a lifetime in my favourite film of all time. I cannot sing it praises enough- visually stunning, heartbreaking story and the voice that captured an age and my heart
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 13 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
There is no other word than "Superb" for this film. I agree, there was further details about Piaf's life that could have been included, but with such a life as Piaf lead, it would have been impossible to cover everything. Even the hardest of heart will, as I was, reduced to tears for a Lady that was obviously a woman who knew true love, poverty, hard work and sheer determination. Perhaps to feel we need to suffer a little? Wonderful - Thank you for such a wonderful film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great script superbly acted. Cotillard is phenomenal.
Published 1 day ago by FiliusCaesar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hard-hitting film, but a must-see.
Published 9 days ago by sofluffy
5.0 out of 5 stars really good
amazing movie....a must t watch
Published 19 days ago by rosie42
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fab movie
Published 22 days ago by Ca
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Published 1 month ago by Mrs. H. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a very good product. prompt delivery
Published 1 month ago by Kanishka Samarasinghe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab performance from Cotillard
Amazing performance from Marion Cotillard and a must for lovers of Piaf's music. The transformation of Cotillard from street singer to iconic star as the film progresses is 100%... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sir Petey
4.0 out of 5 stars well acted
I found reading the extra cd first was helpful to the understanding of the film itself. Wonderful performance frpm marion
Published 2 months ago by Olive Joyce Burridge
3.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable life
A bit of commercial license used in the storyline and disjointed film direction but an interesting depiction just the same. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steve Hodder
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but heavy
This was a recommendation, by my daughter, for my wife. A well made biopic, but oh so heavy. A tragic life relived on the big screen, the only salvation being the music.
Published 4 months ago by Mark Le Sueur
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