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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: 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 (281 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JPX8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "La Vie en Rose (Extended Version)" on IMDb

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

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

Picturehouse and HBO Films present a critically-acclaimed biopic about the legendary international singing icon Edith Piaf, whose voice and talent captivated the world. Starring award-winner Marion Cotillard (A Very Long Engagement, A Good Year) in an astonishing performance, the film is a portrait of a remarkable artist born into poverty who survived using the only gift she had â€" her voice. Piaf’s tragic life was a constant battle to sing and survive, to live and love, with no regrets.

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405 of 414 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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226 of 237 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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75 of 79 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery, good quality
Fast delivery, good quality and good price. It was everything I was looking for, the product met all my expectations.
Published 1 day ago by Maria E Azagra
5.0 out of 5 stars Such sound!
A true life story about a woman with a voice of the century. Edith Piaf. Hearing her perfect voice I never would have guessed she had so much tragedy to cope with. Read more
Published 18 days ago by jordyn skye
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable Marion Cotillard performance!
On a flight to Europe, this movie was playing on the " back of the seat" screen. I decided to buy a headphone set to watch it and I was able to enjoy this unforgettable... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Kathrine M. Savu
5.0 out of 5 stars La Vie en Rose - a life of highs and lows
I was aware of some aspects of Edith Piaf's life, and this movie gave me a a better insight into her life.
Published 1 month ago by Merrilyn Elkington
5.0 out of 5 stars recommend
excellent acting by Marion Cotillard. i knew she was a great actress, but this was extremely good. go for it.
Published 1 month ago by Ttf
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn' work !! Why ???
Doesnt work on my Sony blue ray !! WTF ?????
I have ordered lots of blue ray movies through amazon never once did I see this message
Do I send it back ??? TEN
Published 1 month ago by Terence E Nolan
4.0 out of 5 stars Marion Cotillard became Edith Piaf!!
A very sad and moving biography, The acting is superb, but the quality of the film itself doesn't live up to the acting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elaine G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
I had a delay of over two months to receive the package, but I think the problem was in the post office in Argentina...
Regarding the movie, I think it's great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Natacha Varini
5.0 out of 5 stars Edith Piaf
Have always loved Piaf and her music. Knew a bit about her story but the film really shows the hard knocks she fought against. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan G. Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Sparrow
I love the song, the singer & the clearness & quality. I have already had friends & kin listen. People who love Edith Piaf will love this.
Published 2 months ago by Elaine Wulff
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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
What is the difference between the $12.95 extended version vs the $45.99...
Surprisingly, the more expensive version dosn't have subtitles. TVA, a Quebec media company, ( acquired rights to distribute French language only version of this movie. I suppose if the film failed badly in the U.S., TVA might have an exclusive product for a French audience... Read more
Jul 18, 2009 by Cuvtixo |  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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