Coco Before Chanel

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Synopsis:
Audrey Tautou (The Da Vinci Code, Amélie) shines in this intriguing portrait of the early life of Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, the orphan who would build a fashion empire and be known universally by her nickname, Coco. She journeys from a mundane seamstress job to boisterous cabarets to the opulent French countryside, possessing little more than her unwavering determination, unique style and visionary talent. Also starring Benoît Poelvoorde (In His Hands) and Alessandro Nivola (Junebug). Featuring lush settings and stunning costume design, Coco Before Chanel is the gripping and dramatic story of an icon who defied convention and defined the modern woman.

Genre: Dramas
Director: Anne Fontaine - Director
Theatrical Release: 2009
Rated: PG-13 (MPAA)
Length: 110 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray Disc
Language: French

Synopsis:
Audrey Tautou (The Da Vinci Code, Amélie) shines in this intriguing portrait of the early life of Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, the orphan who would build a fashion empire and be known universally by her nickname, Coco. She journeys from a mundane seamstress job to boisterous cabarets to the opulent French countryside, possessing little more than her unwavering determination, unique style and visionary talent. Also starring Benoît Poelvoorde (In His Hands) and Alessandro Nivola (Junebug). Featuring lush settings and stunning costume design, Coco Before Chanel is the gripping and dramatic story of an icon who defied convention and defined the modern woman.

Romance reigns in this biographical drama that has AMELIE?s Audrey Tautou starring as French icon Coco Chanel. But which is the love supreme for Coco: men or fashion? Anne Fontaine directs a cast that also includes Benoit Poelvoorde and Alessandro Nivola.;

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Anne Fontaine - Director
Anne Fontaine - Director
Jacques Fieschi - Screenwriter, UN COEUR EN HIVER (1992)
Philippe Carcassonne -
Alessandro Nivola -
Alexandre Desplat - Composer
Benoit Poelvoorde - Actor/Filmmaker
Carole Scotta - Co-Producer
Marie Gillain - ACTRESS\"MARIE"
Emmanuelle Devos - Actress
Caroline Benjo - HUMAN RESOURCES
Audrey Tautou - French actress, VENUS BEAUTY INSTITUTE
Christophe Beaucarne - Director of photography, THE INNER LIFE OF MARTIN FROST
Camille Fontaine -
Simon Arnal -
Yan Duffas -
Fabien Behar -
Regis Royer -
Roch Leibovici -
Etienne Bartholomeus -
Hollywood Reporter
04/21/2009
"Spectacle, a love triangle, heritage settings, bravura acting, witty dialogue, a bittersweet finale: There's something for everyone in Anne Fontaine's COCO BEFORE CHANEL..."
Variety
04/22/2009
"[A] convincing portrait of the designer's journey....The film reveals, via meticulous period imagery, how the couturier forged a style that would change the way women dressed in the 20th century."
Box Office
05/26/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "The sense of period has been impeccably captured in Olivier Radot's production design....[Tautou] gives a nuanced and highly watchable performance....
Total Film
07/23/2009
3 stars out of 5 -- "[W]riter/director Anne Fontaine shows a sure hand when it comes to emotional button-pushing....
Los Angeles Times
09/25/2009
"[A] superior filmed biography that brings intelligence, restraint and style to what could have been a more standard treatment."
USA Today
09/25/2009
3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he film, while scaled-down, is quite beautifully woven, like a classic Chanel tweed."
New York Times
09/25/2009
"With a mixture of brutal candor and tender sympathy, it charts the rise of an ambitious, difficult woman, taking note of the obstacles and opportunities offered by her time, place and circumstances."
Wall Street Journal
09/25/2009
?Coco is played by Audrey Tautou, and she?s phenomenal -- self-contained, tightly focused, sparing with her smiles...yet giving off a grave radiance at every moment she?s in front of the camera.?
Entertainment Weekly
10/02/2009
"COCO BEFORE CHANEL is dreamiest when director Anne Fontaine -- working through muse Audrey Tautou -- views the world through young Coco's eyes, literally." -- Grade: B
Chicago Sun-Times
10/07/2009
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "She worked hard, dealt with people realistically, drove hard bargains and saw fashion as a job, not a career or a vocation....By underlining that, the movie becomes more absorbing."
Washington Post
10/09/2009
"This refreshing alternative to the usual potted biopic provides an absorbing look at a singular, steely determination as it was forged and annealed, long before it made itself known to the world."
Chicago Sun-Times
12/27/2009
Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Best Foreign Films Of 2009" -- "Less of a biopic, more of a drama....She isn't a brazen temptress but a capitalist..."

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