Coco Before Chanel (2009)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama

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The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world.


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Anne Fontaine


Edmonde Charles-Roux (book), Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine

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5 August 2010 | vanessalocke
| Beautiful but boring
Pretty much everything about this movie is perfect. The costumes, the hairstyles, the cinematography, the story and it is just over all a very beautiful film. The only problem is, its slightly boring.

Gabrielle, nickname Coco (Audrey Tautou), and her sister (Marie Gallain) grow up as orphans and later make money as seamstresses during the day and singing at a bar by night. When her sister leaves her to get married to a baron, Coco decides to leave, too. She stays with a friend/lover where she meats the man that helps her change her life.

As I said, Coco before Chanel is a stunningly beautiful film. The costumes are obviously a huge part of the films look but I also loved the hairstyles. Cocos whole style is just gorgeous. I am so glad that it was filmed in French, which gives it a sort of authenticity that an English version would have lacked. Audrey Tautou is great, as always. She has such a strong presence on screen and is just so beautiful to watch.

Watching Gabrielle grow into Coco is very inspiring. It really shows that you have to stay true to yourself and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something or shouldn't wear something. The story itself is very interesting but it is told in a very slow way that made me constantly grab my ipad to play Farm Story. That is never a good sign.

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Release Date:

6 November 2009


French, English

Country of Origin

France, Belgium

Filming Locations

Cabourg, Calvados, France

Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$406,768 27 September 2009

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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