Last night, I had the chance to see “La Vie en rose” at the Sektkino (Monday night movie special, the film and a glass of sparkling wine for 5 euros) and I’m glad I went, even though Claudia decided she couldn’t go. “La Vie en rose” is the life story of French singer Edith Piaf, easily France’s first true international superstar. She grew up in poverty, gathered her first successes singing on street corners and in vaudeville establishments, had ties to the underworld and an illegitimate daughter who died early from meningitis, if the film is to be believed. With the help and discipline of some influential friends, she finally made it big in France through her incredible voice, but her dubious role in a scandalous murder brought her career to a grinding halt. Born to sing, she eventually recovered and even became a star in America. Tragedy struck again when her great love, French boxing champion Marcel Cerdan, died in a plane crash. Finally, in the early Sixties, her continued alcoholism and drug use had damaged her beyond repair. Aged only 47, she passed away on October 11, 1963.
The film is laced with her beautiful music. The singer is portrayed by the very talented Marion Cotillard, who won an Oscar for her role.