Friday, November 27, 2009

Movie: Coco Before Chanel

Audrey Tatou plays the young Coco Chanel in this movie that ends with Chanel being given the opportunity to open her own shop.  The movie's focus is on the disappointments from the men in her life.  Her father abandons her shortly after her mother's death, her first lover, the wealthy Etienne Balsan, finds her amusing but is unwilling to introduce her to the society he frequents, and Arthur "Boy" Capel, her next lover, supports her  career aspirations, but is unable to marry her because his aristocratic family requires him to make a more suitable match.

The movie shows her design influences, mens tailored clothing and the jerseys worn by French fishermen, but there is only one scene, near the end, that shows the clothing she created from these influences.

My rating:  **** (out of 5)

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