Directed by: Oliver Dahan
Staring: Marion Cotillard, Gerard Depardieu, Sylvie Testud & Pascal Greggory
The portrayal of the legendary singer Edith Piaf, La Vie en Rose pays tribute to her life and music in a provocative and loving biopic. Her journey from reluctant street singer to international star is littered with personal problems that make her most famous song, “Non, je ne regrette rien” (“No Regrets”), ring out as a cry of defiance in the face of adversity.
Piaf became internationally famous but constantly battled alcoholism and a morphine addiction before her death in 1963, aged 47. Director Olivier Dahan eschews a straight narrative in favour of dipping in and out of different periods of Piaf’s life. He depicts Piaf as a colourful and almost childlike character who was immensely talented but prone to a destructive side.