Coco Avant Chanel ( Coco Before Chanel )

Audrey Tautou plays the headstrong, self-sufficient designer Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel who, in pre-First World War France, was one of the first women to assert herself in a man's world. Born poor in 1883 in rural France, she overcame her lack of breeding via a keen eye, forthright manner and revolutionary approach to women's tailoring that, incredibly, transformed a gruff peasant girl into the embodiment of chic. The iconic innovator lived to be 87 but the film concentrates on the stretch of time specified in the title ('Coco Before Chanel'), as Chanel scrambles to get by, absorbs visual inspiration from her surroundings and unabashedly uses men to get closer to Paris. Emmanuelle Devos, Marie Gillain, Alessandro Nivola and Benoit Poelvoorde co-star.

Year: 2009
Genre: Drama, French Cinema, Biography, Film Festivals 2009, International Showcase
Country: France
Director: Anne Fontaine
Starring: Alessandro Nivola, Emmanuelle Devos, Marie Gillain, Benoit Poelvoorde, Audrey Tautou
Duration: 105 Minutes
Rating: M - Contains offensive language
Subtitles: Yes
Location in store: Foreign (France)



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