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Colette (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Formally familiar but a brilliant match for its lead, Colette is a thoroughly entertaining biopic and an overdue testament to Keira Knightley's underrated gifts.

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After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as "Willy" (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.

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Eleanor Tomlinson
as Georgie Raoul-Duval
Aiysha Hart
as Polaire
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There's more going on in Colette than tame hagiography; the results are happily vibrant, even if the sexual inequities depicted remain grimly pertinent.

October 12, 2018 | Full Review…

This isn't Oscar-worthy material but it's the kind of solid art house motion picture that was popular during the 1990s and whose occasional reappearance in the 2010s is always welcome.

October 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens' use of highly-reflective surfaces is a revelation, and Thomas Adès' lush score hits a melodramatic high note.

October 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Westmoreland keeps the material from becoming melodramatic or overwrought, although he often relies on the overactive score to ratchet up the dramatic tension from which he tends to shy away.

October 4, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Here's a movie with Keira Knightley that really does merit the sequel treatment.

September 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Westmoreland's Paris is scrumptiously decadent - and seedy - as Colette navigates the city's eclectic, gossipy social scene.

September 28, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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The #MoiAussi movement chronicled in the first half of her life as the Claudine ghostwriter. This role is right in KK's wheelhouse and she embraces it. Interesting but not inspirational. Tomlinson emotes an embarrassing Blanche DuBois voice and an overstuffed farting Dominic West is amusing. (10-13-18)

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