From humble beginnings to the heights of society, this is the astounding story of Gabrielle Chanel, the legendary couturier who became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style. Orphaned at a young age, Coco Chanel was raised in a convent school, where she learned to embroider and sew. Bored adn dissatisfied with the living she could earn as a seamstress, she began singing in backstreet cafes and bars, where she attracted the attention of Etienne Balsan, a rich gentleman who immediately became intrigued by the stubborn, striking young ingénue. Swept up in her rich lover’s world, Coco soon drew the eyes of society towards her with her unique, elegant style in a time of flamboyance and excess. Just as controversial was the passionate lover affair in which she became embroiled, which shattered the conventions of her society – a love so dangerous and forbidden it threatened to destroy her. Audrey Tautou starts as Coco, the woman who dared to be different and became an icon!
Half The Film It Should Be
- Coco Before Chanel review by Jawbreaker
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The film takes us back to the orphanage days of Coco and her adventures and loves as a young woman, before she discovers her obvious talent for fashion. The film is interesting without ever being captivating. A fine period drama the only real interest is the Coco character, superbly recreated by Audrey. Perhaps her early years were mundane in real life but I was expecting more.