La Mome - La Vie En Rose

"Stay with me." Edith

"Stay with me." Edith


La Mome - La Vie En Rose (2007) magnificence is due to Marion Cotillard's acting and Edith Piaf's songs.

Directed by Olivier Dahan.

Starring Marion Cotillard among others.

As Juliet says, to Romeo in Shakespeare's, Romeo and Juliet; "What is in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet". Marion is the most fragrant flower of La Vie En Rose. It is a towering performance that is truly remarkable to watch. Cotillard's work reminds me of John Travolta's work in John Badham's, Saturday Night Fever (1977). Both Marion and John reveal their characters humanity and elevate the story in the film.

Watch in the scene below how utterly she has allowed her character to consume every inch of her physical, mental and spiritual self. Incredible attention to minute character traits such as her sloped shoulders, overbite. When you look into Marions eyes, you see Edith Piaf. Cotillard allows her character to completely inhabit her. Marion performance took me on a painful journey through Edith's tragic life and triumphant career.

Not many actors can go as far as Marion does in La Vie En Rose without suffering life long mental and physical ailments. Acting is littered with the corpses of actors who went too far in character and could not pull out properly at the end of role. This is an Oscar winning performance that every actor strives for in their career.

Trivia - Marion Cotillard's makeup in the Edith's elderly scenes took up to five hours to apply.