When country girl Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) marries a charismatic egomaniac named Willy (Dominic West), he unlocks the door to the tantalizing world of the Parisian arts scene. With her creative appetite sparked, Willy has Colette write novels under his name. The phenomenal success of her 'Claudine' series makes Willy famous and elevates them both to the high life. Although she is now the toast of the town, the lack of recognition begins to gnaw at Colette. In turn, their marriage starts to internally combust, fuelled by Willy's infidelities and Colette's growing interest in women, and the gender defying Missy (Denise Gough). On a downward spiral, Willy resorts to increasingly desperate measures to pay his debts and sabotage his wife, but Colette is developing resources of her own.
If you’re in the mood for a period piece with a touch of scandal, this is a very watchable film about the early life of French writer and performer Colette. It’s not the kind of film that has any great cinematic moments, but it works well as a high-class bigger-budget Sunday night TV drama. Keira Knightley and Dominic West carry the film as Colette and her husband, who fronts as the author of her books. Both are such charismatic characters that, after following their escapades through turn-of-the-century Paris, you may well want to read the books.
excellent and very entertaining , perfect cast, script,production,cinemaphotography, the director has done an excellent job and I definitely recommend this light hearted fascinating period drama based on true events.
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Disappointing given the reviews
- Colette review by PC
Became quite boring overall. No real drama. I had no interest in the real-life characters by the end.
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Enthralling to a Point, but for me Miss Fired
- Colette review by KW
Interesting bio pic of Collette and the problems she faced in getting her due worth being recognised in a society where women were still expected to play the second role. Great performance by Keira Knightley, but Dominic West at times seemed to red hot one moment and appearing to be going through the motions the next.
A wonderful story, based on a true story, of a French female author's journey to become an accredited, celebrated writer in her own right. Keiran Knightly is excellent in portraying the central character and the depiction of Parisian literary society in th late 19th century is diverse, interesting and entertaining. A marvellous tale, well worth watching.