Friday Night Movie Pick: La Vie En Rose

December 9, 2011 § 3 Comments

the real edith piaf

Because the weather is less than perfect, why not cozy up and watch some movies? This one in particular will make an excellent setting for you to wind-down to with a glass of wine, yes? It’s a deep and moving story about the horror and glory of fame. A biopic about the late Edith Piaf, a legendary French singer whose life was riddled with extreme highs and lows, which mirrors what some celebrities even today struggle with: too much life in the spotlight, obligations to maintain too many social/work engagements and everything that accompanies those excesses. It takes you behind the scenes and into the heart of the star; really an entertaining and emotional case study. Keep the tissue handy for this one — it’s a category five tear jerker — not having what is called an “American ending.”

Marion Cotillard‘s portrayal of Piaf won her the 2007 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, an accolade rarely handed out to foreign language film stars. Javier Bardem, the Spanish actor who played the air-gun-totting-psycho in No Country for Old Men, came very close with a nomination last year for his leading role in Biutiful — another foreign masterpiece I highly recommend. It’s raw life on film with all of its ups and downs, meaningful, and makes you think about your life. It’s something some foreign filmmakers are exceptional at doing. These are films that will change you.

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§ 3 Responses to Friday Night Movie Pick: La Vie En Rose

  • Alida says:

    I love foreign films with or with out subs. I’ve yet to watch this one. I’ll have to look it up. I recommend you watch 20 Centimetros. I think you’ll find it to be a good movie with very good music and great actors, Monica Cervera, whom I love she’s a great Latina actress, Rossy de Palma (can you say HOT?). Its racy (in a good way its not filth either) but check it out. It has humor, suspense, twist n turns, sad, interesting and capturing at least to me it is. I Love Rocky Horror Picture Show though so… here’s a link to check it out http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421528/

    See if you can find it online maybe at maxgo? They have a bigger older movie selection or log into my Hulu.

  • This is one of the best. In my seven years of foreign film watching/working, I can say that with total confidence. Bardem in “Biutiful” is also up there – a top five contender for best foreign film. You’ll love them Alida. Trust me. Make a point to watch them.

  • And of course I’ve seen Rocky Horror Picture Show dude, we’ve seen it together, remember?! Did you know that it’s the highest grossing theater production of all time? Since its conception, it’s been showing non-stop, weekly, monthly, city-to-city, to its cult following on and off professional production sets.

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