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La Vie En Rose

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Source: Catholic News Service

Superb panoramic biography of great French singer Edith Piaf, covering her life from birth to death, and hitting all the high points, including her impoverished childhood, miraculous restoration of her sight (which she credited to St. Therese of Lisieux), her early years as a street singer, her molding as an artist, theatrical triumphs in Paris and New York, tragic affair with championship boxer Marcel Cerdan, her sicknesses, and premature death. Writer-director Olivier Dahan jumps back and forth in time to different stages in her life, and superbly recreates the various times and places in Piaf's life, while Marion Cotillard, lip-synching to Piaf's recordings, gives an incredible performance as she morphs from foul-mouthed hoyden to vibrant star to frail wraith. Subtitles. Upper female nudity, brothel scenes, adultery, a lesbian kiss, sexual references, nongraphic encounter, some crude language and expressions, a violent though nongraphic car accident, child out of wedlock, substance abuse. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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