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Colette (2018)



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. Directed by Wash Westmoreland and written by Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.


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as Georgie Raoul-Duval
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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (16)

If you like your costume dramas to come with bulky chronological signposts, "Colette" will leave you in raptures.

September 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Don't just absorb it. Let it absorb you, like absinthe.

September 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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Knightley gives one of her best performances as a girl with spirit and talent who becomes a woman with ferocity and a voice.

September 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As a traditional period biopic, it checks all the boxes in fine fashion, but you'd never know it was inspired by a woman whose life was expansive and contradictory and unwieldy in the extreme.

September 21, 2018 | Full Review…

A radiant, riveting Keira Knightley meets every challenge the title role of French novelist Colette throws at her and turns this tale of a pioneering feminist into an exhilarating kick.

September 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's much to admire about Colette; the problem is how desperately it wants you to know that.

September 20, 2018 | Full Review…
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