I had a chance to watch this marvelous French film screening in Bangkok at the French Cultural Festival : La Fête 2007. The movie tells a life story of the great French singer Édith Piaf from her struggling childhood to her rise of fame till the day she left this world at the early age of 47. In the film, we could see Piaf living again by the great performance of French actress Marion Cotillard. Moreover, the film features almost all of Piaf‘s memorable performances, using the original recordings of Piaf because it is impossible to replicate her uniquely distinct voice.
Almost all of the autobiographical movies would suffer from boring presentation. However, it’s not the case for this film as the plot is skillfully crafted. The director takes us back and forth in time and places, several times, from Piaf‘s childhood to her later day in the hospital. Bit by bit and pieces by pieces, the story introduces us to new and surprising aspects of Édith Piaf from the beginning to the ending. However, there are too many characters without proper introductions and you might not know who they are and why they are there on the screen.
All in all, this is a wonderful movie reflecting a life of a wonderful singer. It’s worth watching and listening to the music in the film.
4 Stars out of 5 – recommend to those who love movie and music. You shouldn’t miss experiencing this film in the theater.
- Official Website (France)
- Official Website (U.S.)
- Internet Movie Database
- French Cultural Festival : La Fête 2007