This sad tale of romance devotes equal time to two love stories--that of singer Edith Piaf and boxer Marcel Cerdan, one of the most celebrated love affairs in France, and the romance between a chubby French POW and his schoolgirl pen pal, who correspond for four years and agree to marry
without ever having met. Had these stories not existed, director Lelouch would surely have invented them. The film begins in 1949, when Piaf (played by Bouix) learns of the death of her lover, Marcel (played by Cerdan's son, Marcel, Jr.), in a plane crash over the Atlantic. The film then flashes
back to 1939, where it spends the next hour on how these lovers meet. Cerdan, who would ...