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I've just watched La Vie en Rose or La Mome as it was called in France. The movie gives glimpses of the very full life of the singer Edith Piaf, who died at the age of 47. In my twenties I became obsessed with Piaf and other artists flourishing during her era, including Picasso, Miro, Matisse, James Joyce. I was taking a lot of French classes at the time and I read a lot about her and often listened to her music. Her voice still gives me chills. It's possible that non-fanatics will not enjoy this biography quite as much as I did but it is worth watching for the performance of Marion Cotillard and the music alone. It is difficult to keep the events of her life in order as her story is told in flashbacks. Some of the famous relationships she had (Yves Montand, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Aznavour) aren't included. The melodrama of her life was real: desertion by her parents, living in a brothel as a child, singing on the streets of Paris, paying part of her earnings to a pimp, the death of her only daughter, using alcohol and drugs to kill both her mental and physical pain.  Yet she had that voice that I think is incomparable. No one can touch it today. Listen to the song La Vie en Rose or Non Je ne Regrette Rien.  I've linked to the subtitled versions on youtube so that you can get an idea of the beauty of the lyrics and how they relate to Piaf's life.  This is one of those movies that you can have a good cry over.  Sometimes it's beneficial to cry over a movie because even if you have a good reason to cry about something else, you aren't always able to. 

Since I'm a knitter, I was struck by some of the details in the movie.  The costumes were exceptionally well done and early on I noticed some of the homely, but lovely knitted garments, including the shawls and capes worn by the prostitutes, the afghans and knitting that people did because they were badly needed garments.  Edith Piaf loved to knit and I read a story that she knitted a little black dress to wear on stage for her first performance after she was "discovered' but was only able to finish one sleeve.  She still wore the dress but someone lent her a shawl to cover her one bare arm.  She is shown knitting in the movie and is saddened when her arthritis makes it difficult for her.  So if you need a good cry, like to watch movies with knitting content, or just want to see a great performance, check out La Vie en Rose.

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 5th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Crying movies, etc.
Mary F. and I like a good crying movie. We'll have to watch this one. It's interesting to me that I don't recall hearing of Edith Piaf and yet I know that I have heard the song La Vie en Rose. It's the quintessential atmospheric song for movies set in Europe during a certain period.
I'm not a knitter, though I was as a youngster. The only project I remember is a round hot-pad (I call them, more logically, cool-hands) gone bad. I kept increasing the tension un-in-tension-ally as the diameter grew. It became obvious very quickly that it would not be flat, so I tied it off and it became a stocking cap for Irwin, the family doll (we were very poor).
I love your avatar. Mary touts your creative skills, so I'm guessing you made it. Good one.
Regarding other movies, have you seen Whale Rider? Dian makes fun of us for our flood of tears during that one. And that wasn't even sad at the end.
Mary's Dan
lonelywombat
Jan. 7th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Crying movies, etc.
You should definitely rent it. Another movie I just watched: Tristram Shandy : a cock and bull story is something I bet you would both like also. Pretty funny about a British troup attempt to make a movie about Tristram Shandy.

Edited at 2008-01-08 03:55 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Crochet, not knit
Me again. It's been so long since I was a youngster I'd forgotten that I crocheted Irwin's hat rather than knitting it. I did a bit of both and would probably try getting back into them if my time allowed and my interests hadn't evolved to hardware as opposed to soft-wear.
Mary's Dan
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Sep. 29th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
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