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PG-13| 1 hr. 45 min.

Plot Summary
Young Coco Chanel (Audrey Tautou) works as a seamstress by day and a cabaret entertainer by night, then she meets a wealthy heir (Benoît Poelvoorde) and becomes his lover and fashion consultant. Tired of the flowery hats, tight corsets and yards of lace that define women's fashion, Coco uses her lover's clothing as a starting point to distill an elegant and sophisticated line of women's clothing that propels her to the top of Parisian haute couture.

Cast: Audrey Tautou , Benoît Poelvoorde , Alessandro Nivola , Marie Gillain , Emmanuelle Devos , Régis Royer , Etienne Bartholomeus , Yan Duffas

Director: Anne Fontaine

Genres: Biography, Docudrama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Coco avant Chanel (2009)

Release Date: November 6th, 2009|1 hr. 45 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Coco Chanel is not the most lovable of heroines, but it's a strength of the film that director Anne Fontaine allows Tautou to make Coco as cold and ungiving as she does. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Not an expansive biopic but a fascinating snapshot of a pivotal chapter for Chanel, her formative fashionista years. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Coco is played by Audrey Tautou, and she's phenomenal--self-contained, tightly focused, sparing with her smiles, miserly with her joy, often guarded to the point of severity, yet giving off a grave radiance at every moment she's in front of the camera. show more

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