La Vie En Rose- movie review

Global rating of the product: 5 stars
I just bought La Vie En Rose yesterday and I would like to share my thoughts about the movie with you.
La Vie En Rose recalls French singer Edith Piaf’s tragic and brilliant life. Nobody incarnates Paris better than Edith Piaf. As long as I lived in my hometown, I used to dislike Piaf: I found her old fashioned and her songs didn’t speak to be. But, having lived in Paris twice now, I think I am truly getting Piaf’s spirit. Each town vibrates a specific message.In my humble opinion, Paris is much about life appreciation and love. From the streets of Paris emanates a specific atmosphere that is truly wonderful. Even in my hardships, I could always feel Paris’ specific call to enjoy life and to love, which is always present in Edith Piaf’s music.
When I want to escape from London without traveling, I listen to Edith’s songs.
On a sidenote, I visited her tomb in July 2011 with my dear childhood friend Sylvie I hadn’t seen for 28 years. On Piaf’s tomb was the very emotional message: ” Dieu reunit ceux qui s’aiment” ( God reunites those who love each other), it was like Edith Piaf was talking to us from the grave!

Edith Piaf was born Edith Giovanna Gasson in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. Her mom literally failed at the task of taking care of her. She was literally abandoned in the streets of Paris while her mom was trying to make a living singing in the street. Her father who was an acrobat and contortionist took her to his mom in Normandy where she run a brothel. She then traveled with her father all over France.
She used to live in Pigalle and in Menilmontant ( I have seen her statue there and was amazed at her little size, she was only around 1m40).
Marion Cotillard brillianly interprets Edith Piaf. Not only is her physical resemblance with the real Piaf amazing, but she also has a very emotional interpretation of the singer.
Piaf’s destiny has been filled with drama. She lost the love of her life in a plane crash. She married twice after this drama. Despite the glory of the scene her life was far from being easy. She impressed a lot of people such as Jran Cocteau, famous German singer and actress Marlene Dietrich, Yves Montand, etc…
Her life was rough, but yet there is some joy and simplicity in her life vision. She shared the biggest secret of happiness with the world: love!
Among the great actors who are starring in the movie, you have Gerard Depardieu and Emannuelle Seigner ( the amazing actress who played in the Frantic movie).
Due to her drug addiction, alcoholism and weak health, she died at only 45. However , Edith Piaf left a wonderful heritage to the French culture.
Prepare your tissues, the movie is hard, very emotional. I cried on many occasions. It is definitely worth your buy.
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Maverick Sabre/ Lonely Are The Brave/ album review

Global rating: 4.75 stars

I can claim without any hesitation that Maverick Sabre, of Stoke Newington, London, is the UK’s best musical revelation: this young man has the depth and consistency of genuine artists. His use of vocals is quite impressing, and moreover, he’s got soul.
Maverick Sabre was born in Stoke Newington (in 1990), which is one of my favorite places in North London. Stoke Newington is a place of contrasts in terms of middle class people and working classes that are mixed together, but it is also a boiling intellectual and artistic place, where you can meet the most interesting people. Church Street and Crissold Park make it a magical place, because it makes some room for artisanal creations, originality, color and beauty.
Violins introduce the soft, I Need, in which the artist excels in his vocal performance. This song invites angels and sunshine into your life. I love the optimistic quest that the song raises within me. Genuine is the word that defines this song best. It keeps you in communion with the Divine. I truly loved it.
“Sometimes” is written in a hip hop style in which Maverick Sabre recalls his childhood in “Stokey” ( Stoke Newington). I like the way words flow from the artists’ mouth. The song is beautifully handled. I also love the way it is apolitical. The instrumentals are intelligently combined with some light vocals; slight guitar notes work together with violin sounds and keyboard. Well done! I’d also advice you to watch the video to the song.
No One has some good, catchy beats. A man with a broken heart is exposing a lady’s selfish heart.
Open My Eyes: too often we are blind to see our true life purpose. It is so hard to change inherited habits. The song is very emotional. Again, the artist shows some good vocal talent. I highly enjoy the vocal contrast and the rhythmic instrumental background.
“Cold Game” points out the world’s coldness. I love the emotional style of the song.
When I first hear Maverick’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”, I was moved to tears.
When you hear “I was born by the river in a little tent…” you feel transported into another sphere. The artist will allow you to connect with your Higher Self and feel the deep meaning of his lyrics
I first thought this was a black man singing, because Maverick’s vocals are much extended. The song is very emotional; it talks to the soul and puts some real goodness into your heart. This wonderful gospel-style song is accompanied with a beautiful, rhythmic piano background.
Shooting The Stars is also one of my favorites. Get caught in a drama; enjoy the slow swing while guitar is hammering. One can shoot the body without killing the spirit. A man’s soul lives forever.
Globally speaking, excellent standards are set for the whole album. The artist’s words have a true meaning. Maverick has a very flexible voice that can go from light to dark; he handles lyrics instrumentals and spirit very intelligently. Lonely Are The Brave is a very meaningful album. Whether you classify it into soul or acoustic hip hop (to me, its major soul music influence is obvious), but it also combines gospel and hip hop. For the first time since I long time, I feel a strong connection with an authentic artist. I highly recommend this excellent album to any true music lover.
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