by Olivier DAHAN

La Vie en Rose (La Môme) is a 2007 French biographical musical film about the life of French singer Édith Piaf. The film was co-written and directed by Olivier Dahan, and starred Marion Cotillard as Piaf. The US and UK title La Vie en Rose comes from Piaf’s signature song.

Marion Cotillard portrays Piaf, the superstar once raised by her grandmother in a Normandy brothel, then discovered on a French street corner by cabaret proprietor Louis Leplée (Gérard Depardieu). The film recalls various episodes from Piaf’s life – such as her love story with the French boxer Marcel Cerdan’s in mid-’40s New York; her period in Hollywood during the ‘50s; Piaf’s abandonment as a young girl by her contortionist father (and earlier by her mother, a street singer); her brushes with the law as an adult; and her 1951 car accident and subsequent morphine addiction that left her barely mobile; and, through it all, her ability to transform personal tragedy and emotional struggles into her vocalizations.


Cast:  Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Gérard Depardieu


About the Film

The film won 20 Oscars and 5 Céasar awards. Cotillard’s performance was unanimously praised and won her various 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, five César Awards and grossed $86.3 million worldwide.


La Vie en Rose (La Môme)

Directed by : Oliver Dahan

Starring :  Marion Cotillard as Piaf

Genre :  Biography

Release Date : May 2007

Running time : 2h 16mts

Country : France

Language : French with English Subtitles