Certificate 15


(2018) 111 mins

Director: Wash Westmoreland
Writers: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Cinematography: Giles Nuttgens
Production Design: Michael Carlin
Music: Thomas Adès


After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership defies gender roles and drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.  From the official website

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Ultimately, it is Knightley’s film and there seems to be a double-layer in her performance. Costume designer Andrea Flesch provides Colette with intricate lovely belle époque outfits and there is a sense of joyous celebration throughout – which is no small feat considering the fact that a lot of what we see deals with oppression, betrayal, and an attempt at ownership. . .  Colette’s life and work was a marvel of complexity and this is a chance to have a new generation discover her.”  Eye for Film

“Colette’s life is deserving of nuance and care, and that’s what she gets in this film. . . She also gets Keira Knightley in top form: luminous, clever, sexy and sympathetic. The scenes of physical intimacy are tasteful and few, but have quite an impact. Much of what drove Colette was a need to be recognized. Knightley will not suffer the same fate when this film is viewed by wider audiences.”  The Guardian

“The chemistry is palpable between Knightley and West, whether they are in love or estranged, and Knightley gives one of her best performances as a girl with spirit and talent who becomes a woman with ferocity and a voice.”

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