Marion has been named by USA Today as one of the Top 100 People of 2007. She comes in at #57, in between Quentin Tarantino at #58 and Roky Erikson at #56. The blurb also mentions an upcoming project with "No. 41" -- Javier Bardem:
57. Marion Cotillard. The French actress embodied the soul of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. Chances are, we'll be hearing much from her in the years to come; her next project is a film with No. 41 on this list.
La Vie en Rose has placed on a few more top 10 lists -- two in Vancouver and one in Atlanta.
Two critics from Canadian entertainment site, straight.com, both have La Vie en Rose as one of the ten best films of the year (there are no rankings). Janet Smith says:
Edith Piaf's surreal life becomes a gorgeously wrought morphine dream punctuated by poignant revelations. It helps that Marion Cotillard seems to channel the "little sparrow" herself.
Mark Harris, another columnist, says:
Here solely on account of its star, Marion Cotillard, whose interpretation of Edith Piaf is nonpareil.
Felicia Feaster of Atlanta's Creative Loafing puts La Vie en Rose at the number 2 spot, having this to say about the film:
Director Olivier Dahan's subtext-laden, tight and emotionally devastating film about the legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf was far from the sorrow-jonesing, pity-party biopic too many critics dismissed this film as. Because along with Marion Cotillard's uncanny impersonation of Piaf, La Vie en Rose was a film that did that rarest of things: celebrating with style, sadness and wit the life of an exceptional and exceptionally damaged woman who never succumbed to the worst life gave her.