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La Vie en Rose (Extended Version) (2007)

Marion Cotillard , Emmanuelle Seigner , Olivier Dahan  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Marion Cotillard, Emmanuelle Seigner, Jean-paul Rouve, Gerard Depardieu, Clotilde Courau
  • Directors: Olivier Dahan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JPX8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,717 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "La Vie en Rose (Extended Version)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Slipping Into Character: featurette detailing Marion Cotillard's transformation into Edith Piaf

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La Vie En Rose (DVD)

Edith Piaf is the subject of La Vie en Rose, director Olivier Dahan's powerful if emotionally redundant biographical film about the iconic French superstar whose life, as depicted here, seems to have been a numbing succession of tragedies interrupted on occasion by artistic triumph. Dahan's portrait begins with Piaf's stay in a brothel as a young girl. Left to the care of her grandmother (who runs the place) after her father pulls her away from a narcissistic mother, Piaf undergoes significant health problems and grows up to sing on the street in lieu of outright prostitution. The film pulses along with the usual biopic rhythms, with pivotal moments in the life of Piaf (played as an adult by Marion Cotillard) turning up regularly only to be smacked aside by the unseen hand of perpetual misfortune. There's the impresario (Gerard Depardieu) who recognizes Piaf's great but raw talent only to have a run-in with the criminal element around her. There's the heavyweight fighter (Marcel Cerdan) who becomes the love of Piaf's life but can't be with her. Drug addiction, random car accidents, tax problems, you name it, it's all here, topped by an unnerving revelation that pops up in La Vie en Rose's final moments. After awhile, with such a concentration of bad news squeezed into 140 minutes, one begins to wish Dahan had taken a more expansive approach to Piaf's life and times. But the film is never less than interesting, and the lead performance by Cotillard is often astonishing. --Tom Keogh

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408 of 417 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhausting! September 12, 2007
Don't plan to see this film and then go out for a lively night on the town. You will be so spent after the one hundred forty-one minutes of this gut-wrenching film that when the lights come on at the end, you'll need a minute to figure out where you are, and then additional downtime to process all you've seen. Days later, you'll still be thinking about this slice of life--and Edith Piaf.

Piaf's story is well known to her long-time fans--brought up in a brothel, wrested from the only life she knew by her father so they could join the circus, her teen years on the streets, her "rescue" by a crime figure who gave her the start to her career, and, ultimately, her international success and final illness. She was always frail, sickly, malnourished, and wildly temperamental. She was often on drugs or alcohol, and she was always in search of true love (not finding it till late in her life). All this is depicted here with its horrors and its rare moments of tenderness, the cinematography (Tetsuo Nagata) so brilliant that the realistic, dark settings invite the reader's emotional entry into them and exploration of them.

Marion Cotillard becomes Piaf, a physical likeness that is uncanny in its realism (one wonders if she can ever play another part without conjuring up Piaf's image), and her emotional connection to Piaf's music is total. Her song performances are absolutely flawless, as are her gestures, and the only clue that she is lip-synching is the unmistakable Piaf voice the emerges from her mouth. Louis Leplee (Gerard Depardieu) as the nightclub owner whose murder by organized crime draws Edith in for questioning, shows the genuine care he has for Edith and the tough face of a man who has seen and done it all.
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227 of 239 people found the following review helpful
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I wouldn't be comfortable calling La Vie en Rose (La Mome), the life of Edith Piaf, one of the great biographical films until I have a chance to see it once or twice more. What I'm sure of is that Marion Cotillard's portrayal of Piaf from Piaf's early teens until Piaf died at 47 is one of the most extraordinary performances I've ever seen on a movie screen. Piaf had an extraordinary life, was an extraordinary personality as well as being perhaps France's greatest singer. Cotillard simply remakes herself into this willful, self-destructive, selfish, generous, melodramatic, tiny creature -- Piaf was only 4' 8" tall -- of dramatic vocal genius.

Piaf grew up on the streets of Paris. Her life was one crises after another, some of her making, some not. We meet her as a child, when her mother abandoned her. Her father, a soldier in WWI and a contortionist in small traveling circuses, disappeared for long period of time. At one point before puberty she lived for quite a while with her paternal grandmother, who ran a brothel. She helped her father work at one of those circuses. They survived as street entertainers in Paris. She finally had enough and struck out on her own, making a little money singing on the streets, giving much of it to a local pimp for protection. She had a child who died of meningitis. When she was 20 she was discovered by an "impresario" who ran a nightclub. Louis Leplee renamed her Piaf. When he was murdered in what seemed to be a gang hit, she was put through the public wringer by the police and the French press. Her fame grew. During WWII she agreed to sing at POW camps so the French prisoners could be photographed with Piaf by the Germans as evidence of how happy the prisoners were. Piaf was a member of the Resistance.
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non, je ne regrette rien August 3, 2008
This movie is based on the life of the famous French singer Edith Piaf, and will drain you emotionally and physically (if you're not one for long periods of sitting still)

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Little Edith has a hard knock life with her mother, and eventually is "rescued" by her father, and taken to live with her grandmother
2. Grandma's girls (and clients) call her "Madame"
3. She is taken under the wing of Titine, one of the girls, and learns about song and prayer
4. Dad returns and decides that he will be the stable influence in her life
5. ... so he raises her in a circus where he's a contortionist
6. Soon she's singing for her supper and hitting the bottle
7. ...and the needle
8. ... and continues to do so, stubborn as a mule, ruining her health
9. ... while singing her heart out

From the streets to the brothel, from the circus to the streets, from the streets to the clubs, through bad patches and bubbly heights, culminating in a passionate love affair and the inevitable decline, the viewer will love, hate and pity the temperamental singer, though not necessarily in that order.

Although not my type of music, and given that I normally shy away from long dramatic movies, there's no escaping the fact that Marion Cotillard gives an absolutely magnificent performance. The supporting actors, the settings and the cinematography make this a memorable watching experience.

This is not a movie to brighten your day, lift your spirits or make your heart soar, but if you asked me if I regret watching it, I'd have to say "Non, je ne regrette rien".

Amanda Richards, August 3, 2008
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
chance to practice my french
Published 2 days ago by Susan R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as described
Published 6 days ago by zeene
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie Marion Cotillard deserved that oscar big time Waited ...
Great movie
Marion Cotillard deserved that oscar big time
Waited for this extended version
Learned a lot about Piaf
Had no idea her life was so sad
Published 14 days ago by Dorothy J. Longo
4.0 out of 5 stars Marion Cotillard did a good job. I also like M
I bought a record album of Edith Piaf at some point. This added to my interest in her. Marion Cotillard did a good job.

I also like M. Mathieu and Charles Aznavour. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Patricia M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Marvelous acting by Marion Cotillard and excellent storytelling by director Olivier Dahan. The film captured the tension between the beauty of Ms Piaf's voice and the sadness of... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Phil B.
5.0 out of 5 stars And to watch someone as brilliant as Piaf decline from illness and...
Marion Cotillard was stunning in her performance as Edith Piaf. The movie is a difficult watch. No matter how much you want things to work out you know that they won't. Read more
Published 26 days ago by paris cat
5.0 out of 5 stars La Vie En Rose = *5* stars....
I could not decide between four or five stars, so to be honest I checked this movie out
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Published 26 days ago by Devils.Advocate666
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out your accordion and a bottle of French wine.
Beautiful film, thoughtfully structured. Normally multiple flashbacks are a huge red flag, but in this case it works. Ms. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Paris6
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great story about a great woman
This is a great story about a great woman. Not sure how close to life it is but I don't think it has any regrets. At. All.
Published 1 month ago by blacklily.bobro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Granddaughter Loves this
Published 1 month ago by LaVerne
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What is the difference between the $12.95 extended version vs the $45.99...
One of the import versions is made to play in all regions............there are two foreign versions and the one that says
"La Vie En Rose" is for all regions and is NOT PAL.
May 19, 2012 by Larry Heller |  See all 3 posts
La mome, french version has english subtiles for songs.
I agree most definitely!This version: No subtitles for lyrics. A missed opportunity to greatly enhance the film.
Apr 26, 2011 by Frances Hahne |  See all 2 posts
La Vie, etc.
does it have english subtitle?
May 12, 2009 by Don |  See all 3 posts
Certainly a legendary performance and well-deserved Oscar win for Marion Cotillard. I think people will be talking about her work in LA VIE EN ROSE for years, though she is so gifted that she may well surpass this performance in the future.
Jun 12, 2008 by Kit van Cleave |  See all 2 posts
Was there a different version of this movie released in Europe?
I saw the same movie in France while my husband and I were visiting his father, it just had a different title. That's all.
Mar 11, 2008 by Totally Anonymous |  See all 2 posts
What are the popular french pop songs? Or English songs that had been... Be the first to reply
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