La mome

Director; Olivier Dahan

Edith Piaf: Marion Cotillard
Mômone: Sylvie Testud
Louis Barrier: Pascal Greggory
Titine: Emmanuelle Seigner
Louis Gassion: Jean-Paul Rouve
Louis Leplée: Gérard Depardieu
Marcel Cerdan: Jean-Pierre Martins

A swirling, impressionistic portrait of an artist who regretted nothing, La vie en Rose stars Marion Cotillard as the legendary French icon Edith Piaf. From the mean streets of the Belleville district of Paris to the dazzling limelight of New York’s most famous concert halls, Piaf’s life was a constant battle to sing and survive, to live and love. Born into poverty, Piaf was abandoned by her mother. While singing for pennies on street corners, she attracted the attention of Louis Leplée, owner of one of the most posh nightclubs in town. He persuaded her to sing and gave her the nickname “la Môme Piaf” because of her short height and nervousness. But in her audacious attempt to tame her tragic destiny, the Little Sparrow flew so high that she could not fail to burn her wings. The great love of Piaf’s life, Middleweight boxing champion Marcel Cerdan, died in a plane crash in 1949. Piaf developed a serious morphine addiction following a car accident in 1951, and eventually succumbed to cancer in 1963, dying at the untimely age of forty-seven. Piaf remains, however, one of France’s immortal icons, her voice one of the indelible signatures of the 20th Century.

Best Actress, BAFTA Film Awards (2008), Oscars Awards (2008), César Awards (2008).