10 May, 2010

French Film Night - La Môme (La vie en rose)

The University of the South Pacific will be holding a French Film Night on Wednesday, 19 May 2010, from 7pm at the AUSAID Performance Space, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva. The film to be screened is "La Môme (La vie en rose)" and is directed by Olivier Dahan and starring Marion Cotillard. The film is an unchronological look at the life of the Little Sparrow, Édith Piaf (1915-1963). Her mother is an alcoholic street singer, her father a circus performer, her paternal grandmother a madam. During her childhood she lives with each of them. At 20, she's a street singer discovered by a club owner who is soon murdered, coached by a musician who brings her to concert halls, and then quickly becomes famous. Constant companions are alcohol and heartache. The tragedies of her love affair with Marcel Cerdan and the death of her only child belie the words of one of her signature songs, "Non, je ne regrette rien." The back and forth nature of the narrative suggests the patterns of memory and association.

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