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La vie en rose (2007)

La Môme (La Vie en Rose)
Running time: 140 min | Genre: Musical, Drama, Biography, 50s, 1960s
La vie en rose

Synopsis

She was tiny and tender, but her private life was marked by extraordinary tragedy. Edith Piaf (1915-1963) conveyed French identity to the rest of the world as had no other singer before or after her. Known internationally as the "sparrow of Paris" her voice was in fact strong, expressive and passionate. Her international fame rests on the astounding success of songs like "La vie en rose", "Non, je ne regrette rien", "Mylord" and many others, 30 of which are to be heard in this film.
Edith Piaf's life was one long struggle. Left by her street singer mother at an early age, she grew up with her paternal grandmother, who ran a brothel in Normandy. Edith Piaf suddenly went blind between the ages of three and seven; legend has it that she regained her eyesight after the prostitutes working for her grandmother undertook a pilgrimage to Sainte Thérèse de Lisieux. She later went to live with her alcoholic father, only to leave him at the age of 15 to go and sing on the streets of Paris.
In 1935 Edith Piaf was discovered by a nightclub owner named Louis Leplée who convinced her to sing, in spite of her fear of performing, and gave her the nickname - "La Môme" Piaf, or little sparrow - that she was to retain for the rest of her life. She released her first album during the same year, and her magical voice soon turned her into an international star - on both sides of the Atlantic. Her passionate affairs and her friendships with famous contemporaries such as Yves Montand, Jean Cocteau, Charles Aznavour, world boxing champ Marcel Cerdan and Marlene Dietrich meant that her private life was often in the public eye. Flights of fancy and moments of happiness alternated with drama and tragic falls. And everyone knew that it would only be a matter of time before the "sparrow of Paris" burned her wings...

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Leading Actress (Marion Cotillard)
WINNER
Best Makeup
WINNER
Best Costume Design
NOMINATED

Golden Globes Awards

Best Leading Actress - Comedy or Musical (Marion Cotillard)
WINNER

BAFTA

Best Leading Actress (Marion Cotillard)
WINNER
Best Music (Score)
WINNER
Best Costume Design
WINNER
Best Makeup and Hair Stylist
WINNER
Best Production Design
NOMINATED
Best Sound
NOMINATED
Best Film Not in the English Language:
NOMINATED

César Award

Best Leading Actress (Marion Cotillard)
WINNER
Best Cinematography
WINNER
Best Sound
WINNER
Best Production Design
WINNER
Best Costume
WINNER
Best Director (Olivier Dahan)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Pascal Greggory)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actress (Sylvie Testud)
NOMINATED
Best Picture
NOMINATED
Best Original Screenplay
NOMINATED
Best Film Editing
NOMINATED

Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG)

Best Leading Actress (Marion Cotillard)
NOMINATED

Berlin Film Festival

Golden Bear - Best Film
NOMINATED

Critics Choice Award

Best Leading Actress (Marion Cotillard)
NOMINATED
Best Film Not in the English Language:
NOMINATED

European Film Awards

Best European Film
NOMINATED
Best European Actress (Marion Cotillard)
NOMINATED

Boston Society of Film Critics

Best Leading Actress (Marion Cotillard)
WINNER

Chicago Film Critics Association

Best Leading Actress (Marion Cotillard)
NOMINATED
Best Foreign Language Film
NOMINATED

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Best Leading Actress (Marion Cotillard)
WINNER

Top 5 - The Best Foreign Films of the Year
WINNER

Details

Original title

La Môme (La Vie en Rose)

Director

Olivier Dahan

Producer

Légende Entreprises, Légende Films

Running time

140 min

Screenwriter

Olivier Dahan, Isabelle Sobelman

Music

Christopher Gunning

Cinematography

Tetsuo Nagata

Year

2007

Country

France France

Ranking

IMDb
7.6
Metacritic
6.6
Rotten Tomatoes
7.4

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