The Oscars were a big hit with the French as Marion Cotillard took best actress honors for her performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, the first time for a French actress since Simone Signoret took the prize 48 years ago. We watched the video just in time to appreciate her incredible acting and the amazing makeup (which also secured an Oscar). The film itself was a bit long and somewhat confusing with lots of flashbacks. In discussing the film with my French teacher, I learned this morning that the French word for "flashback" is "flashback."
Interestingly, the title of the film in French is La Môme, which translates as the kid or chick, part of Piaf's original stage name, La Môme Piaf or The Little Sparrow. No doubt Americans connect better to La Vie en Rose although her life was anything but! In another twist of titles, Atonement is known here as Reviens-Moi or Come Back to Me.