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Une petite fille du centre de la France, placée dans un orphelinat avec sa soeur, et qui attend en vain tous les dimanches que son père vienne les chercher. Une chanteuse de beuglant à la voix trop faible, qui affronte un public de soldats éméchés. Une petite couturière destinée à refaire des ourlets dans l''arrière-boutique d''un tailleur de province. Une apprentie-courtisane au corps trop maigre, qui trouve refuge chez son protecteur Etienne Balsan, parmi les cocottes et les fêtards. Une amoureuse qui sait qu''elle ne sera " la femme de personne ", pas même celle de Boy Capel, l''homme qui pourtant l''aimait aussi. Une rebelle que les conventions de l''époque empêchent de respirer, et qui s''habille avec les chemises de ses amants. C''est l''histoire de Coco Chanel, qui incarna la femme moderne avant de l''inventer.
Before she became Coco, the world-famous fashion designer, Gabrielle Chanel (Audrey Tautou in a fiercely determined performance) struggled to make ends meet. After her mother's death, her father deposited her and her sister, Adrienne (Marie Gillain), at an orphanage, where they learned to sew (and where Chanel developed a taste for monochromatic ensembles). They went on to become cabaret singers, but when Adrienne runs off with a wealthy suitor, the newly christened Coco must go it alone until she meets gentleman farmer Étienne Balsan (Benoît Poelvoorde). She lives comfortably at his chateau, but he refuses to take her out in public, so she puts her skills as a seamstress to good use and designs outfits for his lady friends, like Emilienne (Emmanuelle Devos), an actress. Chanel's situation improves further when British investor Arthur "Boy" Capel (Alessandro Nivola with an impeccable French accent) enters the scene. Her working-class origins present less of a problem with Capel, though the couple will have other issues with which to contend. In the meantime, he gives her the money to open her own Parisian studio, and the film ends with the tweed suit-clad Chanel of the popular imagination. Until that time, writer-director Anne Fontaine (The Girl from Monaco) presents a very different character, a woman who wasn't worldly or sophisticated, but who saw no reason why fashion--or "style," as she called it--should be complicated or uncomfortable. In transforming herself, Coco Chanel transformed an entire industry and, arguably, an entire gender. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
It says it's bilingual but it's not, only french! I'm returning it.Published 11 months ago by Ioniehtenhawi
A classic! Audrey Tautou is wonderful!!!! A good one to see time and again.Published 11 months ago by Janet Finlay
Very good adaptation of Coco Chanel's life, from an orphanage with her sister - through relationships, she showed determination to be independent and confident in herself and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sherry S.
Audrey does a great job and portrays Coco as a much nicer person than she is known to be. Beautiful photography.Published 17 months ago by willing to learn
I was sadly disappointed when I put this Blu-ray disk in my machine tonight because it had NO ENGLISH TRANSLATION of any kind!! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Maxisback
Okay movie, but it sure misses the story of a great woman during a time when women were a minority in the business world. It's more a story of her early beginings.Published on April 21 2013 by Brian