La Môme: Marion Cotillard’s passport to Hollywood

A pivotal role in Marion Cotillard’s career, La Môme marked her consecration in France as much as her entry into the big leagues in Hollywood.

TF1 Séries Films will propose to rediscover this evening the most famous biopic dedicated to the one who remains today the most famous French singer around the world. Released in theaters in 2007, The kid ofOlivier Dahan returns to life, the rise to fame but also the cracks of a great lady of French song but also of a woman who is complex in her relationships.

To embody it, Dahan immediately turns to Marion Cotillard, which after years of making itself known in popular cinema (after being revealed by Taxi), won two years earlier the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for A long engagement Sunday. A choice at the time that made sense for Olivier Dahan, who declared on this subject in the Journal de Montréal: “Despite being larger and much prettier, Marion has eyes that reminded me of those of Piaf when she was very young. But beyond that, I had seen Marion playing in a few films and her work had impressed me. I had seen in it a tragedian side that I was looking for for the role“Cotillard was finally selected for the role when TF1, which distributes the film, preferred him at the time. Audrey Tautou.

After a complicated production notably due to a tight budget compared to the initial forecasts, The kid has been a definite success in France, driven by a very favorable critical reception. With more than 5.2 million admissions, the film is a triumph and rave reviews are multiplying to highlight the ability Marion Cotillard to disappear behind his character. Two year old film Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the actress will rebel at the César by winning the César for the best actress. A destiny already in itself fabulous, but France was far from the only one to be enthusiastic about The kid.

America’s favorite

The film went under the radar very early on the Hollywood side, mainly because of its subject. At the height of its popularity, Edith Piaf was known as far as the United States where her concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York were sold out. In addition, the name of Marion Cotillard is not totally unknown to American moviegoers, who had already seen it in Big Fish of Tim burton or A great year of Ridley scott. Even before its preview presentation at the Berlinale in February 2007, it was the small Picturehouse studio that won the rights to exploit the film in the United States.

If in France, the press welcomes the filmOlivier Dahan as a whole, in the United States, it’s the delivery of Marion Cotillard which is mainly highlighted. When it hits theaters, the film, renamed Life in pink from the name of one of his most famous songs, finds its echo with the American public. The film thus becomes the third biggest success for a French film distributed in the United States since 1980 by collecting more than ten million dollars in revenues (alone the fabulous destiny of Amelie Poulain and The Pact of the Wolves had done better at the time).

A historic grand slam

The awards will finally start raining all over the place to reward the interpretation of Marion Cotillard. She won the Golden Globe, then the BAFTA for best actress. On February 24, 2008, it beats its competitors Cate blanchett (Elizabeth, the golden age), Julie Christie (Away from her), Laura Linney (The Savage family) and Ellen Page (Juno) to become the first actress in history (and the only one to date) to combine Golden Globe, BAFTA, Oscar and César for best actress.

My cult scene from La Môme, by Olivier Dahan

It is therefore thanks to a French film that Marion Cotillard enters the heart of Hollywood cinema. The actress therefore does not stop shooting on the other side of the Atlantic (without completely abandoning French cinema). And not with anyone since since the great adventure of The kid, we could see it at Michael Mann (Public Enemies), Rob Marshall (Nine), Woody allen (Midnight in Paris), Steven Soderbergh (Contagion) and James Gray (The Immigrant), without forgetting its double appearance at Christopher nolan in Inception and The Dark Knight Rises.

In other words, a Hollywood CV already full, to which must be added a brief appearance in the battle of the All-Star journalists from Living legends, Following Featured presenter ofAdam McKay. And in 2016, we will find her in the casting of the adaptation ofAssassin’s Creed of Justin Kurzel (for which we have already seen it at the cinema in MacBeth), again alongside Michael Fassbender. All this with a second Oscar nomination to his counter this year thanks to the Two days, one night of the Dardenne brothers. Suffice to say, definitely, Marion Cotillard don’t regret anything …

The story of The kid : From his childhood to glory, from his victories to his injuries, from Belleville to New York, the exceptional journey of Edith Piaf. Through a destiny more incredible than a novel, discover the soul of an artist and the heart of a woman. Intimate, intense, fragile and indestructible, devoted to her art until sacrifice, here is the most immortal of singers …

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