We saw Colette at Sundance this spring. It is also screening at TIFF 2018. It is a biopic about the early life of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, a Pulitzer prize nominated author. It portrays her family life in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, in Burgundy France and her married life in Paris. At the age of 20 she marries Henry Gauthier-Villars, an author, publisher, bon vivant. He has several ghost writers and she becomes his most successful one. Colette goes from being a shy, yet strong country girl to a sophisticated woman with a mind and talent of her own. Dominic West is very good as the charming, domineering, husband, Willy. Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark’s Demelza) is lovely as Georgie Raoul-Duval, Colette’s first lesbian relationship. It was Kiera Knightly that lost it for me. Even though she is only 33, the braids did not make her the young innocent country girl she was supposed to be at the beginning of the story. She also seems to be fairly worldly and strong willed when she attends her first outing as a married woman. The movie ends just as her story starts to become interesting. In 1944 she wrote the novella Gigi which was made into a musical by Lerner & Lowe, that starred Audrey Hepburn and the Best Picture film, lead by Leslie Caron.
Our Rating for Colette
Colette – Official Trailer:
Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.
Colette Sundance 2018 Q & A
|Principle Cast||Keira Knightley, Dominic West Eleanor Tomlinson|
|Screenwriter||Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, Rebecca Lenkiewicz|
|Production Companies||Number 9 Films, Killer Films, Bold Films, BFI Film Fund|
|Run Time||111 minutes|
|Genre||Biography, History, Drama|
|Premier||Sundance Film Festival 2018|