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Celine: The Unauthorized Life Story of Celine Dion
Celine The Unauthorized Life Story of Celine Dion
Actors: Jodelle Ferland, Christine Ghawi
Genres: Drama, Music Video & Concerts
PG-13     2008     1hr 30min

Widescreen. PG 13. Celine has faced many challenges throughout her life and this is her story from rags to stardom. Celine was discovered at the age of 12 by manager and future husband Rene Angelil. She rose to internation...  more »

     
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Actors: Jodelle Ferland, Christine Ghawi
Genres: Drama, Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Drama, Dion, Celine
Studio: Monarch Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 07/22/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Sharon T. from OAK RIDGE, TN
Reviewed on 2/15/2011...
While I know rhis movie isn't true to her life I like the chemistry between the actors and it flowed nicely. The music was beautiful and I could listen to it over and over.
I looked at reviews on other sites and while they say this wasn't at all accurate it did give some facts. She is an incredible singer and she was 26 years younger than her husband.
It is a wonderful love story in itself and for that I will watch it again and again.
Glenda L. (GammaGee4) from CALDWELL, ID
Reviewed on 12/22/2009...
This is a good movie. I do think tho' more of her story could have been told. She is an awesome person with a great talent. She loves anybody and you can see it in her eyes. I love Celine.

Movie Reviews

Charming Celine Dion & Rene Angelil Love Story!
D. Munro | PA, USA | 02/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If there were any errors in the movie, I didn't notice them -- I was engrossed in the chemistry between the two important leads -- the actor who plays Rene Angelil and the actress who played adult Celine. They did a great job at portraying a beautiful, passionate love story. Many doubted the sincerity of Celine & Rene's relationship, and they have persevered because of the strength of their love for each other.

This movie begins with Celine Dion's childhood, the start of her singing in her family's pub ... and Michel Dion creating a demo and sending it to the then-manager of Genette Reno, Rene Angelil. Rene listens to the demo and hears young Celine, then has her brought to his office. After hearing her sing, he agrees to represent her ... gambling on this young singer, and taking out a second mortgage on his house. Celine was not a classically beautiful child (hey, Rene saw her in an awkward preteen phase!), with awkward teeth that forced the taunting nickname of "Canine Dion." Young Celine flourishes as Rene mentors her into stardom.

Flash forward eight years. Celine is 20 and a young woman. Rene is divorced. After Celine Dion wins 1988 Euro Vision, a kiss changes everything forever ....

The exact timeline of the songs didn't interest me, but the placement of various Celine Dion songs in the movie was very poignant.

The epilogue shows Celine with her brand new hairstyle (short, blonde) performing "My Heart Will Go On" while her parents watch from backstage, standing beside Celine's husband Rene Angelil with baby Rene-Charles in his arms. A previous reviewer incorrectly said that Celine's father had already died before the "A New Day" tour, however it is said by both Celine and Rene on "Live in Las Vegas" - A New Day DVD that the show was going on already ... and Celine performed a show on the very day her father died, a hard show to do and very emotional. This movie wasn't supposed to be the "E True Hollywood Story" or a "Lifetime Intimate Portrait." Just a movie "inspired by her life" as it said at the end. And one that is very well done."
Do not buy if you want the truth. Completely inaccurate
B. Mcmillin | NYS | 08/08/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Okay, I'm 15 and was raised for most of my life as a Celine fan. I've met Celine 5 times, Rene 3 times, her brother Michel once, and I've talked to Rene's son Patrick on the phone before. I've been to her show 13 times and know pretty much everything there is to know about this woman from the book she wrote herself and from her other bio-book, For Keeps. Everything in this movie was either false or done wrong. Celine didn't put nickels in her shoe until she was in her late teens and performed a concert in Japan. "If You Asked Me To" came out AFTER "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" and they didn't even get the hairstyles right. They just made it "easy" and gave her long brown hair most of the time. She went through many years with short hair and the outfits and Rene's marriage proposal wasn't even right! They were EATING dinner and it was before Titanic, for gosh sake. And her hair and dress and the stage isn't even right for "A New Day." Plus, her father wouldn't have been backstage because, Lord rest his soul, he already passed away by then! COMPLETELY WRONG. It would've been worth it to wait a couple years until she actually authorized a movie and then had them do it RIGHT."
I love this movie!
T. Walker | Jackson, MS | 07/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I knew nothing about Celine Dion's life when I saw this movie on WE so I guess I don't know how I would feel if I had known the facts and realized the movie was inaccurate in places.

All I can say is that the movie is one of my favorites EVER and I am a huge movie fan. It is a touching and tender love story,has terrific music in it and wonderful casting and acting. It's entertainment at its best. What more could I ask for? I bought my own personal copy and I can't help watching it over and over. Christine Ghawi has become a favorite actress of mine now. I hope to see her in many more films to come.

Soooooo... if you want to see a great movie, watch this one. If you want a detailed account of Celine's life with unrelenting accuracy, read her books and either skip this movie or hey, maybe watch the movie just for the fun and entertainment it might bring? I say give credit where credit is due...enjoy it for what IT IS and give the folks who made the movie a break. It would be hard to believe that they have hurt Celine in any way. Ever since I saw the movie, I can't stop listening to my Celine CD's!!!!!"