I’ve just read through today’s online press covering last night’s premiere of ‘La Môme’. German journalists reported that it got standing ovations. Some loved the emotional portrayal of tragic French singer Edith Piaf. Others didn’t. But everyone loved Marion Cotillard’s performance. One newspaper compared her transformation as the French singer to Charlize Theron’s performance in ‘Monster’ – that got her the Golden Bear in Berlin. Similar Predictions for Marion Cotillard are not rare.
Marion also got praise from the industry’s leading paper Variety (click for full film review): “Versatile, always spot-on thesp Marion Cotillard surpasses herself as the waiflike French songbird whose personal traumas fueled her art. Cotillard nails the assignment, portraying Piaf at 20 to Piaf on her deathbed with a range of gestures, her trademark posture, and a core of eternal hurt melded with ferocious pride. She embodies Piaf’s raspy speaking voice, her imperious street-wise attitude, her simple joy at being lionized by other celebs, and the taste of artistic triumph mixed with the constant hum of genuine tragedy.”
Yesterday, La Môme (La Vie en Rose) had its world premiere as the opening film of the 57th berlin Film Festival in Germany. I’ve added some pictures to the gallery. Many thanks to Mariana for her contributions!!
Premiere / Press Conference / Photocall
from EuropeanFilms.net / by Boyd van Hoeij
French actress Marion Cotillard walked the red carpet at the Berlin Film Festival for the opening film La môme (La Vie en Rose) in which she stars as the chanteuse Edith Piaf. Here she describes what might be the role of a lifetime in her answers to three quick questions.
How did you prepare for the role?
It is of course a magnificent role and required careful preparation. I knew her music when we started of course — she is a French legend — but people from my generation grew up only with her records, not with her presence. I started listening to her music when I was about twenty and became interested in chansons réalistes and listened to Piaf and others. For the film, I started with reading about her life and once I had an idea of that I immersed myself into images of her: from interview and from her films. The director and I wanted to do something beyond an imitation of Piaf and I had to find that place within myself where the two characters, me and Piaf, could co-exist together and function properly.
Since the transformation was so complete, was it difficult to go back to normal again after filming?
This indeed took some time. For the four months of filming, my voice, my posture, my make-up and everything else was different. Just imagine walking like a duck for four months and then suddenly being able to walk normally again. It took some time to get used to it!
Do you feel any affinity with the story of Piaf since you also come from a family of artists and which scenes required most preparation?
I come from a family of artists, yes, but this was a very different family and I had a very different youth. I was most worried about the scenes in which I play Piaf in her forties, until her death at 47 when she looked over 60, simply because I am not that age yet. And the death scene was completely draining and also etrexemely delicate, because it is so easy to overdo it and then it looks ridiculous. But most preparation went into the playback of the songs and Olivier (the director) insisted I worked on that the most, because if it is not convincing it completely takes you out of the film. So I worked hardest on that.
Great news! Marion Cotillard’s latest and probably biggest project to date will have its world premiere February 8, 2007. The film starring Marion Cotillard in the role of a lifetime as Edith Piaf will open the 57th Berlin International Film Festival. Here some quotes from the press release (source: official site):
The world premiere of La Vie en Rose will open the Berlinale in grand style on February 8, 2007 and be presented in the competition for the Golden Bear as well as the Silver Bears.
From humble beginnings, raised in the Paris slums, she made it into the greatest concert halls around the world. Celebrated yet shrouded in scandal. The film La Vie en Rose tells the story of the passionate life of Edith Piaf.
With this motion picture, director Olivier Dahan leaves a cinematic memorial to this legendary singer, more than 40 years after her death. “La Vie en Rose”, “Non, je ne regrette rien” – her songs will be long remembered all over the world. In her time, friends with Jean Cocteau, Charles Aznavour and Marlene Dietrich, her magical voice and unique stage presence have made her a myth. Her rollercoaster life alternated between times of success and fortune and periods of tragedy and disaster.