Sunday, March 16, 2008

La Vie en Rose

We went to see La Môme (La Vie En Rose) today with friends Jason and Franco. We had all wanted to see if prior to the Oscars, but when Marion Cotillard won the Best Actress Oscar, we really had to see it. Thankfully they brought it back into theatres here, because while we'd all have gladly watched it on TV, some times you want the full movie experiece...

Surprisingly the theatre was abut 3/4 full by the time the opening credits began to roll. There were the four of us, another gay couple and one straight guy, obviously working on some brownie points... oh and there were about 100 Blue Hair specials... When the PSA to turn off your cell phones was on screen and the motto "Silence is Golden" came on, I said to my seat-mates " is this audience." We all snickered. (I don't know why I always have to go there, but I do) OH and another good zinger I got in... "At least there will be no line ups in the Men's Washroom". (I swear I'm burning up whatever Karma points I have)

OK, back to the film...

Mon Dieu!... What a tragic life! I mean, yea, ok, I knew her life was not all "en Rose" but damn! It's honestly amazing she never committed suicide - well in the traditional sense... she obviously did herself in - with all the drinking and drugs. But that barely touches the tip of the iceberg. Her life seemed one tragedy after the other. The only true highlights where when she was on stage, and then, even then so much sadness... collapsing multiple times over the years. Add to the losing the love of her life, an child to Meningitis, public scrutiny and run ins with the police... and Edith Piaf is the cover girl of the Tragic Artist's Life.

But through it all, she flourished and is the most beloved singer in France's history... even to this day.

You might not think you know many of her songs.. (specially the anglos amongst us) but when you see the film you'll recognize more than one...

"Non, je ne regrette rien"
and my favourite...
"Hymne à l'amour"

If you get a chance to see the film before it's gone for good, do so, and if not rent it!

It's Sad, yes, but oh so moving.

Such a beautiful tragedy.

And when you speak, Angels sing from above,
Every day words seem to turn into love songs.
Give your heart and soul to me
And life will always be
La Vie En Rose.

Misster-Kitty gives La Vie en Rose 10 hairballs out of 10.

1 comment:

Newsguy Bob said...

Check out the photo: there's a ghostly apparition in it. Look closely at the bottom right of the skirt (her left). Is that an appartion of Mr. Bill?

Have a good St. Paddy's Day, Sluggo, wherever you are.