• Coco avant Chanel (2009)

Coco avant Chanel

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: Biography , Docudrama

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

Keywords: Emotional, Passionate, Rise, Engaging, Transformation, France, Love, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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

  • 75
    Rene RodriguezMiami Herald

    Through Tautou's performance, Coco Before Chanel reveals the formation of an artist. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The naturalism of Anne Fontaine's film would be at home in a novel by Dreiser. Her star Audrey Tautou, who could make lovability into a career, avoids any effort to make Coco Chanel nice, or soft, or particularly sympathetic. show more

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Awards

Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)