Friday, December 21, 2007

Marion Cotillard: Performance of the Year

In this month's issue, Entertainment Weekly columnist Missy Schwartz has named Marion Cotillard's performance in La Vie en Rose as one of the best of the year, joining the likes of Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild), Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Keri Russell (Waitress) and Javier Bardem/Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men).

My scanner isn't working, but there is a small blurb about her performance in the issue, which reads:

A striking beauty, Cotillard shaved her eyebrows and hairline to play Edith Piaf. But the physical transformation is only part of what makes her performance remarkable. Her Piaf is crass, funny, vulnerable -- everything that endeared her to her fans. When the actress mimes "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" with uncanny precision, she even turns lip-synching into an art.

The magazine is on news stands now.

ALSO, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times has named La Vie en Rose one of the top ten films of the year. It comes in at number 8.

1. Juno
2. No Country for Old Men
3. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
4. Atonement
5. The Kite Runner
6. Away From Her
7. Across the Universe
8. La Vie En Rose
9. The Great Debaters
10. Into the Wild

And here's what he says about La Vie en Rose:

A virtuoso performance by Marion Cotillard as the beloved “Little Sparrow,” the legendary singer closest to the hearts of the French. Raised in a brothel and then the “property” of a gangster, she was only 4’8” tall, but had a voice that filled the city. Cotillard portrays her rising from the gutters to international stardom, and then dying of an overdose at 47. The title refers to her most famous song, about life through rose-colored glasses. The film ends with “Non, je ne regrette rien” (“No, I regret nothing”). The period is vividly re-created by director Olivier Dahan. One of the greatest of musical biopics.

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