"La Vie En Rose" will be a hit because of actress Marion Cotillard's ability to channel the ghost of Edith Piaf. Cotillard does a wonderful job singing and she captured the nuances of the sparrow's vocal technique. If you have seen Cotillard as Billy Crudup's pretty wife in "Big Fish," you will not recoginze the actress as Piaf. To play Piaf, Cotillard shaved back her hairline and shaved off her eyebrows, which were later penciled in, to better resemble the singer. Hopefully she will not endure the mistake of Jan Sterling when she shaved her eyebrows for "The High and the Mighty!"
As Cinema Poetry, "La Vie En Rose" works. As a biopic, the film fails. There is no chronology and "La Vie En Rose" suffers because of it.
"La Vie En Rose" lapses into a confused narrative that distances audience empathy. There seems to be no logic for the time tripping.
When Piaf is young, she mentions her admiration of Billie Holiday. The two women lived similar lives and were not strangers to domestic abuse, drug addictions and live on the road. Director/writer Oliver Dahan would have been best served if he viewed "Lady Sings the Blues" before editing "La Vie En Rose."