It’s been covered by everyone from Daffy Duck to Grace Jones, from Pascal of Bollywood to a ukulele-strumming Madonna

It’s graced the soundtracks of dozens of films, and provided the title for at least two more: the recent Edith Piaf bio-pic and an award winning French feature about a pre-adolescent transgender girl…

Its title has been hijacked for rose-colored memoirs, beer bottle labels, an article about women in boardrooms

And now the above love story, set on the Pont des Art, starring an anthropomorphic rose and a long tall stick of beef jerky bearing a suspicious resemblance to Iggy Pop.

The animated Iggy stalks across toward his lady love with the stiffness of a White Walker, but it’s undeniably moving when this biologically ill-matched couple begins to dance in a swirl of green and red leaves signifying… what?

The impermanence of romance? (The padlocks which starry eyed couples affixed to the Pont des Art were unceremoniously removed a few years ago…)

The impermanence of iconic pop stars?

The thorny persistence of visionary artists in a consumer driven economy?

Ah well, the lyrics have always been a bit open to interpretation, but the sentiment is eternal.

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Ayun Halliday is an author, illustrator, theater maker and Chief Primatologist of the East Village Inky zine.  Follow her @AyunHalliday.


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  • Sherry Spiezle says:

    I sang Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose” for Douglass College’s International Weekend in 1956. I still remember the lyrics.

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