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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)

tomatometer

52

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 43

It's well-acted and beautifully filmed, but Jan Kounen's dramatization of the affair between his famous subjects is curiously short on passion.

48

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 11

It's well-acted and beautifully filmed, but Jan Kounen's dramatization of the affair between his famous subjects is curiously short on passion.

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The brief love affair between two 20th century icons is dramatized in this period drama from director Jan Kounen. Igor Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen) was one of Europe's most promising new composers when in 1913 he premiered his ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (aka The Rite of Spring); the piece proved to be wildly controversial, and the audience at the Paris debut was vocal in their disgust, ruining Stravinsky's reputation for years. One patron who did like the performance was Coco Chanel (Anna

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Art House & International, Drama

Chris Greenhalgh

Sep 28, 2010

$1.7M

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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (43) | DVD (2)

Beautiful but indulgent.

August 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Anna Mouglalis makes for an icier Coco than Audrey Tautou, hardened by the death in 1919 of Boy Capel, the love of her life.

August 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Too much of the time, the film seems intoxicated by its own sense of importance.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Two narcissists do not a couple make, and without any actual relationship, there really isn't a movie.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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There's fascinating material here, but instead Kounen and screenwriter Chris Greenhalgh too often settle for giving us a conventional and even dull love triangle: self-absorbed career woman, ailing wife, passive man torn between the two of them.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Jan Kounen's film is ravishingly beautiful, but inhumanly cool. The severe black-and-white deco interiors of Chanel's estate suggest an elegant chessboard where pitiless mind games are being played.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An electrifying opening, a bit of a slog afterwards.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Stravinsky refuses to acknowledge [Chanel] as his artistic equal: 'You are not an artist, you are a shopkeeper' ... After this put-down, the couple's romance fizzles out ...

November 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

In the end, "Coco & Igor" doesn't really go anywhere, and it never quite equals the chaotic energy of that opening theater scene. But it's gorgeous to look at, as Kounen melds the heady visuals with Stravinsky's sweeping score.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin State Journal

This thin slice of so-called history is both so narrow in focus and out of focus that even the most devoted fans are likely to be disappointed.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

...is a curious and moderately interesting film that, like many an initially torrid affair, eventually devolves into desultory ennui

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It's beautifully shot and acted, but as with Coco Before Chanel last year, the one thing audiences will most want to know goes unanswered again: What makes this remarkable woman tick?

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

It's well-shot and stylish, but slow and rather dull, with emotionally distant characters and a weak ending.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Mouglalis lacks Audrey Tautou's feisty pluck but makes up for it with Gallic froideur, while Mads Mikkelsen broods as a tortured artist.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This French film's beginning is as brilliant as anything I've seen all year; unfortunately, most of the rest of the movie never lives up to that.

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Refuses to dumb down its subjects for the sake of easy accessibility (the actors are truthful rather than likeable).

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Stilted performances and an odd whimper of an ending are further flaws in this good-looking but turgid period piece.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The whole movie has the immaculate visual gloss of a Chanel advert, which is no bad thing.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

While it's not a particularly imaginative movie, it's a great-looking one...

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

It's a tragic and sophisticated love story.

August 6, 2010
Little White Lies

The film quickly turns into a dull slog.

August 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Morozova's sulky silence is a suitable counterpoint to the imperious, independent performance of Anna Mouglalis as Chanel.

August 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

A beautifully designed but overly formal biopic that can't match the greatness of the artists it depicts.

August 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Do I have to say it again? Celebrity is not drama.

August 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

A beautifully shot, well-acted film, about two interesting, dynamic characters. This film was gorgeous, and passionate. Unfortunately the stately pace of the film descends at times into long, meaningful looks that are just too artsy for their own good. But it is still worth the time, because its design and performances do carry us through the occasional lulls. Do not expect much in the way of explanation of resolution about other affairs in his life (family, music, etc.). The movie is beautiful, but ends rather abruptly.
April 12, 2011
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

It takes a while for movies (especially foreign movies) to make it out here, but this one was worth waiting for. It was gorgeous! And it shed some light on a "collaboration" if that is the right word between these two creative giants. And it also made me realize just how jaded we have become: an affair used to be a marriage deal-breaker, not just business as usual. Worth seeing for the historical significance--I had no idea that Stravinsky's Rite of Spring caused riots in the theatre!--and the sheer beauty of that era. I (almost) wished I were there.
September 12, 2010
Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

This is Coco aprŤs Chanel, a soulless film that fails virtually in every aspect. Mouglalis is insipid, trying hard to be elegant and chic, and her character mourns the death of her lover but you never see or feel her pain. Mikkelsen is awkward, and the love story lifeless, just like everything else in this disastrous film.
June 15, 2010
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

"Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky" starts in 1913 as a new ballet is being performed in Paris to a less than rapt audience. Instead of running away to stay one step ahead of the mob, composer Igor Stravinsky(Mads Mikkelsen) is bent on critiquing the dancers while Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel(Anna Mouglalis) almost has an orgasm just from being in the audience. Seven years later, Stravinsky is one of many Russian exiles living in Paris. Chanel offers him and his family her country villa to stay at but out of pride he refuses. Changing his mind is worries over his wife Katerina's(Elena Morozova) health.

"Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky" is an intriguing, handsomely produced and great looking bit of speculation centered around the collision of like-minded and obsessed individuals who would both change the world.(You have to figure Stravinsky is on the right track with the extremely mixed reaction he gets.) While I do applaud any movie that leaves things unsaid, it is more than a little disappointing how little passion is on display. Otherwise, I do not have much problem with the deliberate pace, even though the opening dance scene probably goes on too long. A couple of cinematic flourishes help offset that.
August 13, 2011
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Walter M.

Super Reviewer

    1. Marie: Don't you ever feel guilty?
    2. Coco Chanel: No.
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