Thursday, February 14, 2008

La Vie en Rose

Absorbing story of Edith Piaf's life. Superb visually -reminded me of various painters A lot of the inside scenes had the dark colours and lighting effects of Degas, Cezanne, Van Gogh , even the poster colours of Toulouse Lautrec. I'm thinking of the scene where Titine and the child Edith are wearing clown-style lipstick. A few beach scenes rather like Monet's Normandy paintings.

Edith herself had a wretched background. She was abandoned by her mother, dumped on her grandmother who ran a brothel, torn away from there by her father who was a circus acrobat and contortionist. She started her career as a singer on the Paris streets. She had a daughter who died of meningitis. As she became famous and successful, she continued to abuse alcohol and drugs. The love of her life, boxer Marcel Cerdan, died in a plane crash. In the end she seemed totally trapped by her role as the suffering star.

Marion Cotillard acted the part superbly, bringing out the pathos and the self-centred arrogance.
I did start to lose concentration during the long deathbed scene with flashbacks, but it's a film I could easily watch again.


Rich said...

Hi aliqot,

Thanks for the comments!

I've always thought Piaf was an interesting person, I might check out the film.

Gotta be better than Cloverfield, lol!


aliqot said...

Thanks, Rich. Have to say, I've been intrigued by Piaf for years...
Sounds like Cloverfield is one to avoid?