Marion Cotillard’s extraordinary portrayal of ‘Little Sparrow’ Edith Piaf

from Daily Mail (UK) / by Baz Bamigboye

Marion Cotillard is a risk-seeker, but not in the conventional sense. She doesn’t do drugs, and she doesn’t parachute out of planes.

“I find my pleasure by putting myself in danger – a danger that makes me feel alive – a danger that comes from acting,” she told me when we met at London’s Claridge’s Hotel to discuss her extraordinary portrayal of French singer Edith Piaf in the movie La Vie En Rose, which goes on release here on June 22 following its opening of the recent Rendez-vous With French Cinema Festival in London.

Ms Cotillard portrays the Little Sparrow from her late teens through to her death at 47, when her tiny frame was unable to cope with the vast amounts of alcohol and narcotics she had ingested.

At her death, it was said Piaf resembled a 70-year-old. “That’s what I mean!’ Cotillard, who is 31, suddenly exclaimed. ‘I like it when it’s risky,” she added.

Yet Piaf belied her circumstances. “She struggled and she achieved because she worked hard at her singing voice but I don’t like to use the phrase that she was a good example – because she wasn’t!

“I liked the fact that she pushed herself further and further.”

Some aspects of director Olivier Dahan’s amazing film are uneven, but Cotillard’s performance lifts the picture to a level of greatness. The actress puts all her life force into the portrait of a small woman with a big talent, and even bigger emotions.

Philadelphia Film Festival

Marion Cotillard, or actually her film ‘La Vie en Rose’, certainly is making the festival round-up. The Philadelphia Film Festival, running from April 5 – 18, is showing it on April 12 at 7.00 pm and on April 13 at 2.15 pm. See the film’s page on their website here. And the film’s English official site has been set up – though it’s not yet complete.

But also last year’s French film Fair Play also starring Marion will be shown there. Here’s a review:
Fair Play assumes that life is a game and succeeds to startling effect in proving that, in corporate France, the converse is true, as well. In the final canyoneering (you know, for fraternité) scene, pain is a truth serum that threatens to destroy the rules and shatter the boundary between sport and real life. The lousy subtitles are the only unintentional addition to the constant tension — struggling to figure out what the hell is going on and read white subtitles against a waterfall while Charles (Eric Savin) tries to intimidate Nicole (Marion Cotillard) into withdrawing her sexual harassment suit isn’t nearly as rewarding as watching Alex welt his boss with a racquetball after proclaiming he’s slept with his wife in an attempt to keep his job.

Showtimes: Wed., April 11, 2:30 p.m., Ritz East, 125 S. Second St.; Fri., April 13, 2:30 p.m., The Bridge: Cinema DeLuxe, 4012 Walnut St.; Mon., April 16, 7:15 p.m., Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.

San Francisco

The San Francisco Film Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The fest, which runs April 26 – May 10, will screen 200 films from 54 countries and present three world premieres. It has now been announced that “the official closer will be another costume drama, current French b.o. smash “La Vie en Rose” with Marion Cotillard as tragic chanteuse Edith Piaf.” This will mark the film’s West Coast Premiere in the United States. See the festival’s page on the film here.

Stockholm + London

I’ve added some more pictures of Marion travelling around to promote ‘La Vie en Rose’ (La Môme):
021 London – ‘La Môme’ Premiere, March 29, 2007 – Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
007 Stockholm – ‘La Môme’ Press Conference, March 20, 2007

Portraits

I’ve been adding very beautiful pictures (HQ) to the Portraits section in the galleries. Don’t forget to register & log in to be able to view them.

028 Session 02 replaced with HQs
012 Session 03 replaced with HQs
014 2006 – Session 02 Outtakes Premiere October 2006
015 2006 – Session 03 Outtakes Biba March 2007
001 2006 – Session 04

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