What can I say? Outkast’s line from it’s aptly named Roses described this movie perfectly. (Hey, if Jared is allowed to reference romcoms, I think I should be able to work in a little HotLanta Hip-Hop.) But I digress – already. I recently had a chance/was forced to watch the Edith Pilaf biopic “La Vie En Rose”. I think it’s only fair to first comment that before I watched the movie, I had no idea who Edith Pilaf was, nor what kind of songs she sang. I think that the movie might have struck me slightly differently had I been more informed. That being said, on to the bashing…I mean…critique…

First off, there is no doubt that Marion Cotillard did a phenomenal job. Her mannerisms, the transformation that she went through throughout the movie, her delivery, in short, her performance was terrific. She deserves no blame for the debacle named “La Vie En Rose.” She absolutely deserves a Best Actress Nomination. (On a separate note, the people running the Golden Globes are absolute morons. There is no way this movie should be labeled a comedy.)

It’s hard to pick out one thing about the movie that I disliked the most, but if I had to choose, it would be the way the plot unfolded. I have no problem with movies that jump backward and forward in time – for example, I am a huge fan of Memento. However, if you plan on doing this, at least have it make sense. The story jumped from childhood, to late-in-life, to adulthood, to who knows what time period. It became fairly confusing as in only 60% of the time did they find it necessary to indicate which time period the current scene was in. Not only that, the jumps didn’t necessarily tie into what was going on in the current scene – let alone enhance the flow and experience of the movie. This brings up another problem with the plot – incongruence. One scene rarely had any bearing on the next scene. However, I believe I figured out what happened. In the pre-production stages of the movie, the director stood in front of the storyboard, took down all the scenes, threw them up into the air, and had an intern pick them up off the floor and put them in the order in which they were gathered. I also think that during this process some explanatory scenes got lost under the table. That would explain why scenes like Simone getting taken away to a home for delinquents, the Army officer playing a song for Edith, and some of the moments Edith sees in her last moments have seemingly no bearing on the rest of the movie and have no following scene explaining what happened afterwards. I think it’s an interesting idea for developing the flow of a movie, just not a successful idea. Oh, and just because I don’t think I’ve said enough bad things about the movie, the camera work matched the plot – all over the place for no apparent reason. (I think it only fair to state that this film is French…it really can’t help that it is bad)

Because I hold to Stewie’s theory of the “compliment sandwich” I’ll end with something good about the movie. Here goes…umm…Well, I don’t know if Marion Cotillard was actually the one singing, but whoever it was did a great job. Basically, Marion Cotillard is the only reason to watch this movie.

And so, in closing, I blame Marion Cotillard for making me waste over two hours of my life. Damn you for being so good at your job.

(Also, if anyone is confused as to my opinion of the movie, please feel free to ask for further elucidation.)

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