8 filming locations of La Vie en Rose in Paris

Paname, Paname... A child of the streets of Belleville in Paris who became an international star, Edith Piaf's rise to fame was equal to her immense talent. But it was not always a rosy life for the artist, who died at only 47 years old.
article la môme

La Vie en Rose in Paris in 8 places

Let yourself be carried away by the crowd of La Môme Piaf’s favorite places in the most beautiful city in the world, Paris.

The Olympia

In 1961, weakened by her polyarthritis, Édith Piaf (Marion Cotillard) had a veritable triumph at the Olympia, in a crowded and hysterical hall. The mythical Parisian venue was then in great financial difficulty. The singer performed there at the request of her friend Bruno Coquatrix (Jean-Paul Muel). She’s saving the Olympia from bankruptcy. Over the course of four months, the singer gave a series of concerts considered to be the most outstanding concerts of her career. She’s performing there for the first time, No Regrets.

Read more

Apartment of Édith Piaf

A small plaque on the building reminds us that the singer Édith Piaf (Marion Cotillard) lived at this address for the last ten years. It was in this building that songwriter Charles Dumont (Mario Hacquard) presented him with the song No Regrets, with lyrics by Michel Vaucaire. This boulevard was named in reference to the Marshal of France, Jean Lannes (1769-1809) whose other patronymic, Duke of Montebello, was also attributed to a port and quay in the capital.

Read more

Julien Brewery

In the film, Edith Piaf (Marion Cotillard) and her friends are seen sitting in this Parisian brasserie, but the singer really did have a habit there, and even a regular table, number 24. The establishment has a long history dating back to well before its opening in 1903, since the Cheval Blanc inn was located there in 1787 and became the first café-concert in the capital in the 19th century. For her role as Edith Piaf, Marion Cotillard has received 27 awards worldwide, including the Oscar for best actress. She was the third French actress to receive this award (Claudette Colbert in 1935 for New York-Miami, Simone Signoret in 1960 for Les chemins de la haute ville).

Read more

Rue du Ranelagh

While Édith Piaf was singing in the street, she was spotted in 1935 by Louis Leplée (Gérard Depardieu). He then managed the cabaret Le Gerny’s and invited the singer to perform there. The man becomes his mentor and finds his artist’s name: “la Môme Piaf”. She was only supposed to sing in the cabaret for a week, but she triumphed for seven months. Everything came to a brutal halt with the assassination of Louis Leplée in 1936.

Read more

The stairs of Belleville

Édith (Marion Cotillard) and Mômone (Sylvie Testud) run down these Montmartre staircases, reminiscent of those in old Belleville, which have now disappeared. Not yet known as Edith Piaf, Giovanna Gassion explains to her friend that they are going to sing half an hour before going to eat. They are surprised by a policeman explaining to them that they cannot beg in this street. To leave them alone, he asked them to hum Du gris, a song written in 1920 and performed by Fréhel. The steep stairs are part of the identity of this Parisian district.

Read more


Before going to perform in this room, Édith Piaf (Marion Cotillard) let a young soldier, Michel Emer (Aubert Fenoy), sing a song he had composed for her. It is L’accordéoniste which will be one of his greatest hits. First a guinguette from 1873, then a café-concert and concert hall, the establishment closed its doors in 1984 and was razed to the ground the following year. A new version opened at the same location in 1991 but failed to gather a large audience and the adventure ended in 2009. The following year, major work was carried out to increase the capacity of the venue to 900 spectators.

Read more

Rue Ravignan

Among the Parisian streets filmed in real settings, the Rue Ravignan is the scene of a walk by Édith (Marion Cotillard) and Simone (Sylvie Testud). Most of the other scenes in Olivier Dahan’s feature film were shot in Prague, which is reputed to resemble the Paris of the early 20th century. The actress Marion Cotillard is not a singer. It was dubbed for the sung parts of the film by Jil Aigrot.

Read more

Père-Lachaise Cemetery

Édith Piaf died on October 10, 1963 and is buried in the famous Père-Lachaise cemetery where more than 40,000 people came to pay their last respects. It is estimated that there were nearly 500,000 people along the procession.

Read more

Follow in the footsteps of your favorite heroine with the Paris guide of 1000 cult places from movies, series, music, comics and novels.

The Fantrippers Buying Board

The Paris guide to the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels

The Paris guide to the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels

The coolest guide in Paris!

The café of Amélie, the mansion of Untouchables, the jazz club of the finale of La La Land, the Hôtel du Nord of the mythical replica of Arletty “Atmosphere”, the cinema of A bout de souffle, the restaurant of Ratatouille, the quays of the Seine of Midnight in Paris, the secret places of the Da Vinci Code, the grocery store of January in La Traversée de Paris , the Bridge of Inception and Peur sur la ville, the addresses of the spectacular scenes of Mission Impossible 6, but also series Call my agent, Gears, Le Bureau des légendes, Sense8, Sex and The City, Gossip Girl…

Etienne Daho’s Café de Flore, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s hotel in Nas in Paris, Serge Gainsbourg’s Poinçonneur des Lilas metro station, Serge Reggiani and Marc Lavoine’s Mirabeau Bridge, Mc Solaar’s Lyon station…

The places evoked in the comics Adèle Blanc-Sec, Largo Winch, Blake and Mortimer, Michel Vaillant…

But also in the novels of Ernest Hemingway, Victor Hugo, Leo Malet, Daniel Pennac, Marc Levy, Guillaume Musso… you’ll find all the must-see places of Parisian Pop Culture in this new guide.

Fantrippers' opinion
Content quality

Interest for fans

Value for money

By Damien Canteau

Friday, February 11, 2022

Passionné par l'Histoire, les animés, les Arts et la bande dessinée en particulier, Damien est le rédacteur en chef du site spécialisé dans le 9e art, Comixtrip.

Let's discuss this article

Notify of

0 Commentaires
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments