• Coco avant Chanel (2009)

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Release Date: September 25th, 2009

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: Docudrama, Biography

Production Co: France 2 Cinéma, Banque Populaire Images 9, Haut et Court, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, SCOPE Invest, Films Distribution, Canal+, Soficapital, CinéCinéma, Warner Bros., Scope Pictures, Ciné, Cofinova 5, France 2 (FR2)

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Classics

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

  • Maybe it's just the subtitles, but it would seem that Fontaine has a keener eye for the elements that made Chanel's style than she has an ear for dialogue. But she gets a splendid performance from Tautou. show more

  • Spectacle, a love triangle, heritage settings, bravura acting, witty dialogue, a bittersweet finale: There's something for everyone in Anne Fontaine's Coco Before Chanel. show more

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