LA VIE EN ROSE
Release Date: June 8, 2007 (limited)
Director: Olivier Dahan
Screenwriter: Olivier Dahan
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Clotilde Courau, Jean-Paul rouve, Pascal Greggory, Marc Barbé, Caroline Sihol, Emmanuelle Seigner, Catherine Allégret, Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Pierre Martins
Rating: PG-13 (for substance abuse, sexual content, brief nudity, language and thematic elements)
The great Edith Piaf (Marion Cotillard), one of the iconic figures and voices of 20th century France started performing at an early age and soon became one of the world’s most renowned entertainers, followed by crippling battles with alcohol and drugs. Born into poverty, Piaf was abandoned by her mother and shuttled between her brothel keeper grandmother and circus performer father. While singing for pennies on street corners, she one day attracts the attention of Louis Leplée (Gérard Depardieu), owner of one of the most posh nightclubs in town. Soon she is the toast of Paris, with a soaring, deep-throated voice that came to symbolize a certain kind of tenacious humanity, a willingness to go on no matter what the odds.
Rising French star Marion Cotillard captures Piaf’s fragility, the constant, nagging fear that everything around her will disappear in an instant, leaving her back on the streets. Cotillard is best known to US audiences for her roles in Ridley Scott’s A GOOD YEAR, Tim Burton’s BIG FISH and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT for which she won the César (French equivalent of the Academy Award) for Best Supporting Actress. One of France’s most acclaimed young filmmakers, writer-director Olivier Dahan’s feature film credits include CRIMSON RIVERS II: ANGELS OF THE APOCALYPSE, GHOST RIVER and TOM THUMB. Before embarking on his film career, Dahan studied at the Marseille School of Art, exhibited his paintings in a number of one man and group shows, and made numerous music videos.