Coco Before Chanel

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  110 min.
Release Date: September 25, 2009 (limited)
DVD: February 16, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 3.95
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Cast: Audrey Tautou, Alessandro Nivola, Emmanuelle Devos


This is the story of a young French woman at the dawn of the 20th century. A young woman who was poor, without family or education, but who nevertheless transformed the promise of an ordinary life into a dazzling destiny. This is the story of Coco Chanel.

She turned her natural talent as a dressmaker into a weapon to cast off her chains, creating clothing that became a symbol of independence as well as elegance; she invented a style which not only outshone all other styles, but remains in fashion a century later. While the feminist movement was taking its first uncertain steps, she had the intuition that women could be attractive to men while freeing themselves from their dominance. She loved and was loved in return but remained a free spirit in the heart of an era that considered love and freedom contradictory terms.

Director: Anne Fontaine
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Philippe Carcassonne, Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo
Screenplay: Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine
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  • 3 stars "Great performances...interesting life"
  • 5 stars "Characterization, acting and visual delights w/ redeeming social value frosting."