Coco Before Chanel

Coco Before Chanel
  • 2009
  • France
  • 1h 50min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Anne Fontaine
  • Written by: Edmonde Charles-Roux, Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine
  • Cast: Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola
  • Language: French, Spanish
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This sumptuously dressed biopic of the early years of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel faithfully charts the rising hemlines and torn bustiers of a passionate woman repressed by society, with emotion-driven montages of dressmaking as Coco uses sewing machine and scissors to direct her restless energies into clothing. There's nothing experimental or innovative here, but it provides undeniably classy entertainment.

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Film and Fashion - Coco Before Chanel

23 Jul 2009

As enjoyable as Coco Before Chanel – the giddy biopic of the reputed Nazi collaborator couturier starring Audrey Tautou – is, it underlined a hard, learned truth for me. Fashion and films co-exist – there is no symbiosis between the two. If they were…

Coco Before Chanel

23 Jul 20094 stars

Films about great writers rarely work because it’s hard to express their literary output cinematically; a film about a fashion designer offers a much more visual proposition. Anne Fontaine’s sumptuously dressed biopic of the early years of Gabrielle…

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