I went into this not expecting very much after reading various reviews, so this will be short.
Marion Cotillard was fantastic. She really did do a fantastic job in mimicry.
Not only did she have to mimic Edith Piaf’s voice, walk, performance style, and look, she also had to do this during various stages in her life.
From about 18 till she died at the age of 48 (but looking like she was 80 due to liver cancer and a harsh lifestyle of booze and drugs) Cotillard manages to realistically portray the aging process, so much so that you look past the make up and wigs and are still wondering how they did it.
However this is another performance in a long line of them that bases itself on brilliant mimicry. I never understood anything more about Piaf other than she had a hard childhood, was a bit of a boozer, and loved to perform.
This is mainly the fault of the director Olivier Danhan, who spend the entire movie jumping around from her being a child to aged, to a teenager, to a young woman, and back and fourth. I gave up trying to make sense of it all and just waited for the songs.
What this style odes do it take away ALL of the drama and distract for the leads performance. Which is a pity.
Oscar wise Cotillard could well show up, if the American Academy actually care enough. C-
What was far more interesting was the trailer for ‘The Walker’ with Woody Harrelson, Lily Tomlin, Lauren Bacall and Kristen Scott Thomas. The strangest and most oddly compelling cast assembled that I can remember.
I wonder how it will work. Early reviews are rather stellar, esp for Harrelson.