• 2018
  • UK / US
  • 1h 51min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wash Westmoreland
  • Cast: Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Fiona Shaw
  • UK release: 11 January 2019

Biopic of French writer Colette (Knightley), focusing on her early years and her wild days in fin-de-siecle Paris after her marriage to Henry Gauthier-Villars (West). Knightley is fantastic as the bisexual icon and the film becomes more playful as it goes on. A pleasurable rite of passage about a woman striving for independence.

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My name is Colette, and the hand that holds the pen, writes history.

Based on the incredible true story of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette who defied everyone to become herself.

"Remarkable, captivating and utterly fascinating" - Metro 4*

"One of the great roles for which Kiera Knightly will be remembered" - Variety After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as "Willy" (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. A

fter its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colettes fight over creative ownership defies gender roles and drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.

"Lavish, revelatory and timely" - BBC Culture

"Inspiring and empoerwing" - Financial Times

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11 Oct 20183 stars

LFF 2018: Keira Knightley is fantastic in Wash Westmoreland's saucy biopic

Based on the life of bisexual French literary icon Colette, this biopic from Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice) is, at points, as frisky and fabulous as the woman herself. As famous as Rihanna in her day, Colette inspired a fragrance and became a valuable…

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