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La Vie en Rose(La Môme)

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France, United Kingdom, Czech Republic
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2007

Rated PG-13 · 2h 20m

Director Olivier Dahan
Starring Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner
Genre Drama, Music
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An impressionistic portrait of one of France's immortal icons, showing her rise from the brothels of Paris to the dazzling limelight of New York's most famous concert halls. Although Edith Piaf struggled with great personal loss and drug addiction, she was able to channel her experiences into her songs to dazzle audiences.

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Village Voice by

Uplifted beyond its merits by a stunning performance from Marion Cotillard, the humdrum biopic of Edith Piaf, La Vie En Rose, jogs obligingly along with Piaf the legend rather than the woman.
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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

La Vie en Rose, which Mr. Dahan wrote as well as directed, has an intricate structure, which is a polite way of saying that it's a complete mess... In the end, as often happens in movies of this kind, La Vie en Rose is saved by Piaf herself.
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New York Post by Lou Lumenick

Thanks to the extraordinary performance of Cotillard, who expertly lip- syncs to Piaf recordings and disappears into the part, few will regret seeing La Vie En Rose, named after a famous Piaf tune. Just brace yourself for a film of unvarying intensity that seems longer than its 140-minute running time.
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Christian Science Monitor by Peter Rainer

La Vie en Rose elevates Piaf the archetype over Piaf the artist. Although I question this approach, I'm not sure it could have been done any differently, at least given the facts of Piaf's life. If there is such a way, Duhan didn't find it.

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