“The most astonishing immersion of one performer in the body and soul of another I’ve ever encountered on film.”
So reads the blurb from the New York Times at the top of the movie poster for La Vie En Rose. I couldn’t agree more.
We went to see this biographical film of French singer Edith Piaf yesterday. It was long and subtitled, but it was a masterpiece. I knew nothing of this singer before, yet now I feel like I know her intimately. The actress, Marion Cotillard, is simply one of the best that I’ve ever seen. Most American actresses would pale in comparison. The rollercoaster ride through the ups-and-downs of her life left the audience so drained that the majority stayed put after the credits started rolling, apparently still trying to absorb what they had just seen.
If you get a chance to see this film on the big screen, do so. It will be time and money well spent.