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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010)



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.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 12

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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At the Theatre Des Champs-Elysées, Igor Stravinsky premieres his The Rite Of Spring. Coco Chanel attends the premiere and is mesmerized. But the revolutionary work is too modern, too radical: the enraged audience boos and jeers. A near riot ensues. Stravinsky is inconsolable. Seven years later, now rich, respected and successful, Coco Chanel meets Stravinsky again - a penniless refugee living in exile in Paris after the Russian Revolution. The attraction between them is immediate and electric.


Art House & International, Drama

Chris Greenhalgh

Sep 28, 2010


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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (22) | 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
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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
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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
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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 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

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

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

Jan Kounen's Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is absolutely dripping in chic and quite rightly so. Any biopic about Coco Chanel should have the same level of style and elegance as she did. That said, the film is generally style over substance. Anna Mouglalis is compelling and appropriately dour as Chanel and Mads Mikkelsen manages to emote a thousand emotions with the tightening of a single facial muscle but there is a lifelessness to the overall film that comes down to the fact that no one really knows anything about the affair and so there isn't that much to say on the matter. The film wanders dangerously into hearsay and seems at a loss most of the time as to what it should be and so just sits there and looks pretty. A subtle critique on the Queen of chic maybe, but more likely a result of a great visual director in need of a better scriptwriter.
April 28, 2014

Super Reviewer

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

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
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Bathsheba Monk

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This is Coco après 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

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