In the phantasmagoric film biography La Vie en Rose, the great French singer Edith Piaf carries her romantic history into nightclubs, over radio and on records with a pyrotechnic artistry that lifts her listeners to a state of exaltation.
The throb in her voice slides from merriment to euphoria and anguish - and she pushes anguish to such peak intensity that it, too, becomes ecstatic and cathartic. She never loses a melody or a lyric story line. When she croons gentle love songs, she seduces everyone. When she sings torch songs, she burns down the house. Even when the only parts of her body she can exercise are her vocal cords, she appears to be passion incarnate.
La Vie En Rose (Picturehouse) Starring Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner, Jean-Paul Rouve, Clotilde Courau, Jean-Pierre Martins, Catherine Allegret, Marc Barbe, Gerard Depardieu. Directed by Olivier Dahan. Rated PG-13. Time 140 minutes.