Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A day off work....

...is always a wonderful thing of course, however thanks to a rather nasty fall yesterday, my mobility is not what it was and jet-propelled power walking is now replaced by slow (and slower) limping. Therefore the ideal thing to do was for me and faithful travelling companion to take ourselves off to the nearest movie house to see "La Vie En Rose", this year's big-budget French success about the life of one of France's best known singers of the last century, Edith Piaf. Already Marion Cotillard, the young actress in the leading role, is tipped for victory come next year's Hollywood awards season. She was fantastic too - she literally became Piaf in one of the most believable performances I've seen for a long time, going from a teenager to a dying woman of 47 years old, (but who looked much older, thanks to the addictions and illnesses which befell her over the years) in this film which covered the life of the singer from her childhood until her death, and all the events in between. It was clear that hers was a very tragic life from beginning to end, and parts of this film are truly heartbreaking. Critics have commented in the lack of continuity as the film jumps backwards and forwards to various stages in her life - but don't let that put you off. This is a film which will hold your attention throughout its 2 hours and 20 minutes. Magnifique!

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