Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - MOVIES -

SBS ONE, Tonight, 9.35pm, M ( 2007)

In biopics Ray and Walk the Line, the em­pha­sis was on the dark side be­hind the pub­lic ge­nius of their re­spec­tive mu­si­cal sub­jects and it’s no dif­fer­ent with Olivier Da­han’s poignant tale of leg­endary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. From the slums of Paris to the lime­light of New York, Mar­ion Cotil­lard ( above) melts into her role as the trou­bled singer who crammed sev­eral life­times into her scant 47 years. Da­han mas­ter­fully draws his au­di­ence into Piaf’s tragic story by pro­vid­ing glimpses of her ex­tra­or­di­nary life in whirling frag­ments of dis­con­nected chronol­ogy. Cotil­lard’s Os­car- win­ning per­for­mance will keep you trans­fixed.

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