A biopic on French chanteuse Edith Piaf. From growing up in a brothel to dazzling in the limelight of New York’s most famous concert halls. The portrait of explores her desperation, heartbreaks, resiliency and remarkable talent.
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A standard bio-pic chopped into a non-linear structure and with a lot of loose ends. But that performance; Marion Cotillard becomes Edith Piaf in an enrapturing performance that overwhelms the ordinariness of the movie making.
Après un début fort décousu, le film prend de l'élan et procède par associations anti-chronologiques. Le résultat est certes puissant grace à l'interpétation de Marion Cotillard mais la structure narrative reste au total un peu faible.
Marion Cotillard's marvellous and sensitive approach to such a complex role was undeniably very real, moving but also very strong. Characterisation also was completely on the money although the story itself is a little incomplete. On the overall, I just can't take my eyes off of Marion and how she handled a role of a lifetime.