Monday, July 16, 2007
This weekend I saw La Vie En Rose, a French movie about the famous French singer Edith Piaf. It was wonderful. While I had several criticisms about the movie, the way it was edited, some of the storyline, etc., the acting was amazing. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Marion Cotillard, who plays Edith Piaf, delivered one of the best perfomances I have ever seen. The language barrier (alas, I don't really speak French) was not even noticeable. The singing was also magnificent. When the young Edith Piaf, forced by her father to perform on the streets, breaks into La Marseillaise, it was so impromptu and unrefined but breathtakingly beautiful that I started to cry. The very end of the movie, where a seriously ailing Edith sings "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" (No, I Regret Nothing), gave me chills. The acting and singing is superb. Brush up on Piaf's biography via book or, if you're in a rush, Wikipedia, and you'll be more than able to follow the story, even if it is entirely in French (with subtitles!). This story of the hard life and untimely death of one of the most amazing voices France has ever heard is exquisite. Seriously, don't miss it.