Coco Before Chanel

Release September 25, 2009 (Limited)
Cast Audrey Tautou, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain, BenoƮt Poelvoorde, Emmanuelle Devos, Roch Leibovici
Director Anne Fontaine
Writer Anne Fontaine, Edmonde Charles-Roux
Genres Biography, Drama
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
Length 110 mins.


This is the story of a young French woman at the dawn of the 20th century. A young woman who was poor, without family or education, but who nevertheless transformed the promise of an ordinary life into a dazzling destiny.

She turned her natural talent as a dressmaker into a weapon to cast off her chains, creating clothing that became a symbol of independence as well as elegance; she invented a style which not only outshone all other styles, but remains in fashion a century later. While the feminist movement was taking its first uncertain steps, she had the intuition that women could be attractive to men while freeing themselves from their dominance. She loved and was loved in return but remained a free spirit in the heart of an era that considered love and freedom contradictory terms.

This is the story of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, who begins her life as a headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey becomes the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style.

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