Genre: Period drama, feminism
Rating: M 112’ sex scenes and nudity
Cast: Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dominic West
Director: Wash Westmoreland
After marrying a successful Parisian writer, Colette is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendour of Paris. Soon after, her husband 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 and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionising literature, fashion and sexual expression.
“A radiant, riveting Keira Knightley meets every challenge the title role of French novelist Colette throws at her and turns this tale of a pioneering feminist into an exhilarating kick.” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“A witty, spirited portrait of the great French writer and libertine during the early Belle Époque years of her career.” Justin Chang, LA Times